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MHSAA planning big changes for high school sports

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

MHSAA is making big changes in the high school state football and basketball championships for the upcoming year.

The state football championships are leaving Jackson for the first time in over 20 years, to be decided this December at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium.

The 2016 football championships will also be held at Mississippi State, with the 2015 and 2017 championships held at Ole Miss' Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

In addition, Southern Miss will host the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Football Classic in 2015 and 2017, the first time the Classic will be played in Mississippi since its inception in 1988.

MHSAA Executive Director Don Hinton says they'll look into rotating boys and girls quarter finals yearly between JSU and the Coliseum.

Mississippi/Alabama basketball all-star games will also rotate with Jackson State every other year.

In basketball, a state quarterfinal round is being added, expanding the state tournament field over the 6 classifications from 36 games to 84 game. The change comes with the elimination of the North and South state tournaments.

The increase also brings MHSAA state championship play to the campus of Jackson State for the first time. Boys' quarterfinal games will be held at JSU's Williams Athletics and Assembly Center. Girls' quarterfinals will be played at Mississippi Coliseum, with the semifinals and championship games for both boys and girls also held at the Coliseum.

Jackson State will also continue to host the Mississippi/Alabama basketball all-star games on a rotating basis with Montgomery, Alabama.

Hinton said that it's possible basketball state tournaments could eventually leave Jackson as they remain open to other possibilities, but no move is imminent

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