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Posted by on May 17, 2011 – 4:28 pm

Football schedules may not be made public until July 1 — when everyone’s on vacation and likely to not see them — but that doesn’t mean they’re not viewable.

At the softball state tournament last weekend, Arizona Interscholastic Association Executive Director Harold Slemmer said its member schools agreed to wait while many of them work out kinks in the fall schedules (including but not limited to football), especially dealing with schools trying to coordinate game dates among themselves.

He also said the plan — details are still being finalized — is to have the football state championship games during Thanksgiving weekend, which means no more “bye” weeks during the regular season or playoffs, and, thus, ending the season two weeks earlier than previously.

The bigger-school championships (Division I and II) will be at either University of Phoenix Stadium or Sun Devil Stadium, and the smaller schools (Div. III and IV) will take place at Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff. Slemmer said the AIA is waiting on the Cardinals and the NFL for the go-ahead to use Glendale.

The bye week for Class 5A schools during the playoffs was in part to give the 4A-3A-2A schools a little more attention without being in the shadow of 5A schools. Some liked Thanksgiving week off after a long, grueling three months. Others hated the break and wanted the season to end before mid-December.

None of this, however, means a school can’t release its football schedule on its own accord, which many are doing.

So to all football coaches or athletic directors: If you have your football schedule completed (dates and locations) and haven’t either posted on your school’s website, Maxpreps.com or sent it to us, please send your football schedule to mheller@evtrib.com.

In the coming days, we’re going to run a composite file containing East Valley schools’ football schedules, and will continuously update it with more schedules as we receive them.

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