The Lynn Tech football program will stay put for now after the Commonwealth Athletic Conference athletic directors denied the school in its bid to move to the CAC Small Division.
The ADS voted 5-4 against Tech’s bid to drop from the CAC Large to the CAC Small for the 2011 football season.
Instead, Greater Lowell Regional will move from the Large to the Small, while two-time defending Super Bowl Northeast Regional will move up to the Large Division. Minuteman Tech, a member of the Small Division, has opted out of the league [Small Division] and will play an independent schedule.
Joseph Skeadas, assistant athletic director at Tech, was disappointed by the vote that establishes a five-team Large Division consisting of Tech, Greater Lawrence, Whittier, Shawsheen and Northeast Regional and a four-team Small Division consisting of Greater Lowell, Chelsea, North Shore Tech, and Mystic Valley Charter School. “The big worry is, ‘are we going to lose the second Super Bowl berth?” said Skeadas.
Skeadas said that Tech is one of the smallest schools in the league and thought his colleagues would consider that in their votes. But the proposal missed passage by a single vote. There was also a proposal for North Shore Tech to move up to the Large that would have opened up a spot for Lynn Tech in the Small, but that measure received very little support.
“We felt we made a good argument for our move to the Small,” said Skeadas. “While we have won the State Vocational Super Bowl in the past, we’re the only school in the Large that hasn’t qualified for the MIAA playoffs.”
Skeadas said the Tech football program is scheduled to play nine games this season and is seeking to add a tenth opponent. One of Tech’s non-league opponents will be St. Mary’s. The two Lynn schools play in an annual game on the eve of Thanksgiving.