JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- The bus rides are about to get longer, and the schedules are about to change for the Dobyns-Bennett and Science Hill football teams after the TSSAA approved the 'Super 6' classification Monday.
In 2015, the Super 6 will be a football classification made up of the state's 32 biggest schools, and that includes the Indians and Hilltoppers.
That means next year they'll lose teams like Daniel Boone and gain ones like Hardin Valley. So how are they feeling about it?
"We've been playing very tough competition within our conference, and as far as that, I think we're ready to play that competition," said Science Hill Head Coach Stacy Carter. "We feel like our program's where we need to be to play that competition. You're just losing. You're losing some natural rivalries, and you're losing money, but there's some good things out of it too."
Of course, Dobyns-Bennett's Graham Clark has been around the block when it comes to classification changes, and he doesn't think it'll be so different from when the Indians were in the Big East a few years ago.
Clark said, "It'll be very similar to the old Big East, and you know, we went through a span there in the old Big East from '96 to about 2006 that a Big East team was either in the state finals, won it or was in the semifinals so it's going to be extremely competitive."
Aside from being ready for the challenge, the schools fear rising travel costs and diminishing ticket sales.