Ren: UIL brings Christmas to Big Country football (sort of)


For football coaches, the University Interscholastic League’s realignment day is akin to a biennial Christmas.

Will the UIL leave candy in their stockings? Or the proverbial lump of coal?

Thursday saw a mixture of both for area coaches, who met locally at the Region 14 Education Service Center in Abilene to learn their geographical fates for the next two seasons.

Having been to a number of these gatherings over the years, I generally expect handful of “eyebrow raising” moves.

We all do.

As I’ve gotten older, however, I’ve given up on trying to predict what the UIL will do, so I find myself being shocked by it less and less often.

Nonetheless, a few moves did catch my eye on Thursday, not the least of which was the UIL shipping Brownwood (6-5) and Stephenville (12-3) east to form a new District 5-4A Division I league that will rival the best 4A groupings in Texas.

Their new district mates? How about Waco La Vega (14-1), China Spring (9-4) and Gatesville (7-4)? The new league will feature five teams that easily would qualify for playoff berths in most districts, fighting it out for four spots. Now tell me that’s not going to be fun to watch.