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As one of only two states that use NCAA football rules as opposed to NFHS rules, and given the relatively small number of schools in Massachusetts, I have often wonder why that choice was made.  I can understand that Texas lives completely in its own world; but is Massachusetts still fighting the Revolutionary War? :o ;D

Personally, I find it interesting that Massachusetts and Texas can agree on something.

Mass just wanted to do things right for a change

When Texans played football in the backyard of the Alamo (before Santa Anna) there were no federation rules, only NCAA. The rest is history.

The absolute best book any student of the rules can buy is "Anatomy of a Game" by David Nelson.  It was  published  in 1994 and was year by year analysis of the rules and changes starting in the 1870's. 

He reported that in 1930 the NFHS decided to write its own code after being denied a seat on the NCAA Rules Committee. The game as very dangerous at that time.  There were almost 50 deaths a year, with 80% being at the HS level.  But Texas did not join the NFHS until 1969 so for 40 years I suppose the reason was that Texas was not part of the NFHS.  By then, Texas HS football ( and the coaches)  became so powerful it would be near impossible to get a change , and that is true still.  For many many years, Texas high schools had a rep in the committee room , even if not officially on the committee, so there was widespread belief Texas HS concerns were being addressed for the most part.   


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