UIL says ‘no’ to mercy rule

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by Jeff Fisher

The University Interscholastic League rejected a proposal to create a mercy rule for 11-man football in the Lone Star State.  The UIL’s Standing Committee on Athletics reportedly “breezed” over the issue without much discussion, according to Corbett Smith of The Dallas Morning News.

Many called the mercy rule the Aledo Rule, because Aledo, which set a national, single-season scoring record, was called-out by a Western Hills parent for its 91-0 win over his son’s team in 2013.

6-man football has a mercy rule that ends a game when one team gets ahead by 45 points by halftime.


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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.