LITTLE ROCK — A proposal to start the high school football season a week earlier beginning in 2016 was soundly defeated by the Governing Body of the Arkansas Activities Association on Wednesday.

The proposal, which would have begun the season on Aug. 22 in 2016 and would have eliminated a week of practice and conditioning, was defeated, 129-54. It needed  2/3 majority to pass. Although it got a unanimous do-pass recommendation for the AAA's board of directors, no one spoke in support of the measure, which was widely and almost universally criticized by the state's football coaches.

Members passed a measure, 94-40, to eliminate blended 7A and 6A conferences for football and for two eight-team conferences for each classification with four teams going to the playoffs. Classes 6A and 5A will be combined geographically for regular-season play in basketball, baseball and softball, then teams will return to their conferences for postseason play.

A measure to limit full contact work in football to three days a week after the beginning of the season (including games) passed, 163-21.

At the annual meeting of superintendents and administrators representing all AAA members,  Conway Christian was awarded the Sportsmanship Award for 2013-14 for Class 2A.

Also, it was announced that Centennial Bank will be the corporate sponsor of all AAA events for the next three years.

Further details in Thursday's editions of the Log Cabin.