As reported by Ferd Lewis and Nick Abramo in Tuesday’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser, a possible 10-team super league composed of OIA and ILH football teams is being discussed and is expected to be voted on soon by both leagues.
A compelling feature of the deal, called the “OIA-ILH Football Alliance Proposal,” includes $3 million in support from the business community. The money would be divided up by all of Oahu’s football-playing public schools, not just the ones in the proposed super league, evenly over the three-year term of the proposal for use in not just football-related activities.
The proposal also includes a rule forcing transfers to sit out for two years. Juniors would not be allowed to play at the junior varsity level and athletes would have to hold a grade-point average of at least 2.0.
Should this go through, it is likely that ILH schools Saint Louis, Punahou and Kamehameha would join forces with Kahuku, Farrington, Kapolei, Mililani, Waianae and Campbell and one other, possibly Kailua, Leilehua or Kaiser. Under the proposal being considered, the OIA would choose which seven schools would play in the super league, which is being called the Open Division.
The proposal also calls for 10 Oahu teams (OIA and ILH combined) in Division I and nine in Division II, and a three-division state tournament.
What say you? Is this what high school football on Oahu needs? Which 10 teams should comprise the super league? Comments are welcome below.