An Ohio-Michigan All-Star football game is about "95%" complete, with both sides scheduled to meet Monday in Findlay, Ohio, to iron out the final details.
Clawson coach James Sparks, a Michigan High School Football Coaches Association All-Star committee chairman and regional director said: "I believe after that meeting they'll make an official announcement about the game. We just have to go down there and put together some formal agreements and the format of the game. The big thing is how the expenditures and revenues are going to be divided."
Sparks and members of committees in Michigan and Ohio, led by Kenton (Ohio) coach Mike Mauk, hope to petition the NCAA to let the game take place at a Division I stadium. Because of a change in NCAA rules, the Michigan East-West All-Star game had been switched from Michigan State to sites like Grand Valley and Alma.
Sparks said Ford Field, the University of Toledo, MSU and possibly the University of Michigan could come into play. However, housing and practice areas could be a problem if the game was played at Ford Field.
"We'd like to keep it as close to the border as possible; we're trying to figure out the best way to do that," said Sparks. "We've got members of the Big Ten Conference writing letters to the NCAA pleading our case to allow this to happen."
Sparks said a Michigan-Ohio game would be played in early June, rather than mid- to late June for recent East-West all-star games, and would not only draw media interest from Michigan and Ohio but the Midwest as a whole.
"In the past the issue was the kids having to report to school during the time we played our All-Star game," said Sparks. "It wasn't the kids choosing not to participate, but they had to report so early to school. The kids that go to Michigan and Michigan State … I know this year we ran into trouble with kids committed to Bowling Green. Illinois was another one. The coaches want them to enroll summer semester so they can work out with the team. We've tried to move the game as early as humanly possible."