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Thursday expected to end the high school football scheduling debate

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It's been a long, drawn out, widespread debate on how to move forward with high school football scheduling in Minnesota, but Thursday, it will all come to an end.

The Minnesota State High School League's board of directors will convene in hopes of deciding whether to change the state's scheduling protocol to a by-district system that would take into consideration enrollment size and divide the state into geographical areas of between 10 and 16 teams. The alternative is to keep scheduling how it is today, with schools on their own to find non-conference games.

The current way of scheduling has given schools issues with filling out their eight-game slate, whether the schools reside around the metro or outstate.

A geographical district system could bring rivalries back that were lost when conferences were formed that broke up schools that reside close to each other.

Should the board vote for changes, they would not take effect until 2015.

KSTP-TV in Minneapolis had a roundtable discussion on the possible adjustments early Wednesday night.

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