DENIED: Proposals to remove “athletically motivated” from CIF rule book and alter current playoff format fail at state level …

A proposal to remove the term “athletically motivated” entirely from the CIF rule book and constitution was denied by the CIF State Federated Council on Monday.

Although transfer rules changed significantly beginning with this school year, the term “athletically motivated” still remains in the rules wording. The Trinity League brought forth a proposal to remove it entirely and it passed earlier this month at the Southern Section level only to fail today at the State level.

Also nixed on Monday was a proposal to change/alter the current playoff/bowl system so that the season would not be as many as 16 games for some teams and start in August for all teams.

Aram’s take: To me, the “athletically motivated” proposal was not much more than semantics. Under the old rules, i.e. last year and before, the term meant a whole lot more and the sections were determining what was and wasn’t athletic motivation for transfers based on the protests (so to speak) of the school the athlete in question left. That whole disaster is still over with and not coming back. Getting the wording removed entirely would be nice, but in my opinion it’s not a game changer either way. About the current playoff/bowl system and schedule, well, it sucks. It’s a total money grab by CIF and I truly believe most coaches, players and fans are perfectly fine with ending the season with a division championship in Week 14. But in an era of declining fan attendance (and revenue), you’re never gonna get CIF to get away from their money grab known as the “bowl” games.

All-Encompassing SGV(N) Top 25 heading into Week 10 …

Javon Taylor and Northview are shooting for Valle Vista title this week vs. San Dimas

1. Bishop Amat (7-1-1)
— Lots can happen on Friday night.
2. Charter Oak (8-1) — Is Friday the last time we see. Gano vs. Farrar?
3. La Mirada (7-1) — Heavy favorite to complete league sweep on Fri.
4. Chino Hills (6-2-1) — Second place no certainty for Huskies.
5. La Serna (8-1) — League title isn’t quite settled yet.
6. Monrovia (7-2) — Win over SM has ‘Cats primed for playoffs.
7. San Dimas (8-1) — Beat Northview and win league/earn top-4 seed.
8. La Salle (9-0) — Can put bow on dream regular season.
9. South Hills (6-3) — Most likely back in the postseason.
10. Rio Hondo Prep (7-1) — On way to another CIF title?
11. San Marino (8-1) — Impressed many in Monrovia loss.
12. La Habra (6-3) — Not the best LH team ever, but league champs again.
13. Bonita (5-4) — Still in driver’s seat for at least share of Hacienda.
14. West Covina (5-4) — Season comes down to Friday vs. Rowland.
15. Rowland (7-2) — Bye week was very productive to title hopes.
16. Diamond Ranch (6-3) — You just knew Roddy would spoil things.
17. Muir (6-3) — Have made rest of Pacific look ordinary.
18. Ayala (5-4) — Needs lots to happen on Friday night.
19. Gladstone (8-1) — Can bolster playoff appeal vs. Ganesha.
20. El Monte (7-2) — Can Lions finish job vs. rival SEM?
21. Santa Fe (4-5) — Caught a dose of reality vs. La Serna.
22. Northview (7-2) — Earned their chance for epic finale.
23. California (8-1) — Can they upset La Serna yet again?
24. La Puente (7-2) — Sent Azusa back to Earth.
25. South El Monte (5-4) — Oft-forgotten but very dangerous.