Football coach reaches out to MaxPreps for clarification on playoff seedings formula

Football coach reaches out to MaxPreps for clarification on playoff seedings formula

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Football coach reaches out to MaxPreps for clarification on playoff seedings formula

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Some high school football coaches have reached out to MaxPreps to get answers on the playoff seeding formula that has frustrated just about every coach.

Glendale Cactus coach Larry Fetkenhier forwarded e-mails that Peoria Sunrise Mountain coach James Carter received from Mike Wilkes of CBS MaxPreps Inc.

Point differential again was brought up, and Wilkes maintained that the data used by the algorithm is only on wins, losses and ties.

The algorithm, Wilkes indicated in his e-mail to Carter, is benefiicial because every team in the nation is rated via "strings of common opponents." He pointed out that an RPI formula only used "opponent’s opponents results." He admitted it takes a heavy math background to compute.

Surprise Valley Vista coach Josh Sekoch, whose team plays Avondale Westview on Friday, said in an e-mail to me that he can’t understand the system.

"Total confusion," Sekoch wrote, "and reading a mathematical thesis paper by a professor written in 2005 is way out of my league. Even our calculus teacher had a hard time understanding it.

"I guess Valley Vista will just wait unilt this Saturday morning to see what top-3 seed we get to come play. We will show up with our 33 varsity kids and give it the best we got."

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