All-star football game moved to December

The all-stars have been named for this year’s East vs. West All-Star Football Classic, but they’ll never take the field.

The Kentucky Football Coaches Association is moving the only statewide all-star football game from its traditional June date to December in an attempt to increase participation and attendance.

However, the game to be held this December will be for seniors from the coming season, and the June game scheduled for this year’s seniors has been canceled, meaning the all-stars selected for that game will have no game in which to play. That includes Grant Aumiller and Rees MacShara of Boyle County, the only two area players on the rosters released last month.

“Unfortunately, the graduating seniors in the class of 2010 will not have the opportunity to participate in Kentucky’s only statewide game. It was not financially feasible to put two games together in one year; therefore the December date was chosen,” game director Jimmie Reed wrote in an e-mail distributed to Kentucky coaches.

The next game will be held on Sunday, Dec. 12, eight days after the conclusion of the state finals. The location and starting time have not been finalized.

Reed said in his e-mail to the coaches that moving the game to December “will enhance the players chosen to participate. Players/coaches are still in football mode, and more scholarship opportunities will be available. We also feel that having this game after the state finals will increase not only player participation” but also attendance and sponsorship.

The East-West game was resurrected in 2008 after the Tennessee coaches’ association pulled out of the Kentucky-Tennessee game that was held from 1994-2007. Tennessee officials said they wanted to move the game to December, but Kentucky officials said no. Reed said at the time that it wouldn’t work because the all-stars would have to miss a week of school to practice for the game.

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