For the 291 football-playing MIAA schools, this is definitely a new year. An October 2012 vote created a state-wide playoff system, and after months of fine-tuning, it’s ready to roll. The format will increase the number of playoff participants and reduce the number of Super Bowls.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law that aims to 'provide comfort to sports families across Illinois' by requiring schools to have insurance to cover serious injuries to student athletes – and avoid lawsuits.