High school football playoff pods abolished
The N.C. High School Athletic Association voted Thursday to eliminate the pod bracketing system for the football state playoffs in every classification except 1-A and 1-AA.
The pod system was adopted in 2010, designed to reduce travel time by grouping playoff eligible teams geographically. Each classification was broken down into four regional groups.
Earlier this year, state football coaches voted in favor of removing the system, according to HighSchoolOT.com.
The number of playoff teams (64) from each classification will not change. The top three teams from a conference will still receive automatic playoff bids and all remaining spots will be awarded based on overall record and league winning percentage.