The South Carolina High School League’s Executive Committee will determine where to hold this year’s football championships at its meeting Wednesday.
USC, S.C. State, and Columbia’s Benedict College have submitted bids, according to SCHSL Commissioner Jerome Singleton.
Last month, a group of soon-to-be 5A schools suggested that the option to hold championship games on high school campuses but an administrator tells 7 Sports that option won’t be presented for this year. The suggestion came as the result of several league members expressing concern over the cost of holding games at USC’s Williams-Brice Stadium, which has been a championship venue for decades.
A significant change to the championship structure this year will be a reduction from seven to five title games with the move to a new five classification (from four) for the first time.
In recent seasons, the 2A and 1A classifications followed the format of 4A and has two state champions. The 3A class remained with the format of a unified state champion.
The idea that Williams-Brice would play host to all five title games the first weekend of December is a far-fetched as that format was used at the stadium during the ’90s and early 2000s when there were just five state title games.
A potential scenario is that the two smallest class championship games would take place on the Friday evening of the championship weekend at Benedict and the three larger classes would play their games Saturday at Williams-Brice or S.C. State.
It’s not clear what flexibility S.C. State has with a championship weekend in the event their football team is also in a position to host an FCS playoff game.