AUSTIN (AP) The University Interscholastic League will leave the current football alignment in place and will survey Class 4A superintendents about adding a fourth team to the playoffs in additional sports, the league announced Monday.
The league also enhanced the penalty for a first-time positive steroid test under the new testing program that is yet to begin.
The governing body of Texas high school sports considered a split conference alignment for football for the upcoming 2008-2009 seasons, but the UIL Legislative Council agreed to ask superintendents instead if they want to make a change for the 2010-2012. The league will use 2008 enrollment figures in the survey to show what the changes might have looked like.
It gives everyone a chance to look at this plan with fresh numbers and a new perspective, said Charles Breithaupt, UIL director of athletics.
Class 4A superintendents will decide if a fourth team is added to the playoffs in baseball, basketball, football, soccer, softball and volleyball.
The playoff referendum will be this spring and would occur in the 2008-09 school year if approved.
Mandated by state lawmakers last spring, the UIL has yet to implement mandatory random steroid testing, although some penalty guidelines have been approved.
The penalty for a first-time positive test had been a 30-calendar day suspension from competition. The new penalty would require a 30-school-day suspension and require a student to take an additional test with a negative result in order to restore eligibility.