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PrepsNow Podcast 3: the national tournament debate

Fans of the Myers Park Mustangs hold signs reading "Let Us Play" following the team's victory over Southeast Raleigh in the NCHSAA 4A Girls Championship game at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, NC on Saturday March 14, 2015. Myers Park defeated Southeast Raleigh 52-47. The team wants to play in the Dick's Sporting Goods Tournament.
Fans of the Myers Park Mustangs hold signs reading "Let Us Play" following the team's victory over Southeast Raleigh in the NCHSAA 4A Girls Championship game at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, NC on Saturday March 14, 2015. Myers Park defeated Southeast Raleigh 52-47. The team wants to play in the Dick's Sporting Goods Tournament. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

The debate about whether N.C. High School Athletic Association teams should be able to participate in events after the NCHSAA season ends got heated a few weeks ago. Charlotte’s Myers Park High was unable to accept an invitation to play in the Dick’s Sporting Goods High School National Tournament in New York, losing an appeal to permit an exception to the longstanding rule.

The NCHSAA has said it will look at the rule at the board of directors’ meeting in May.

Sports editors D. Clay Best and J. Mike Blake discuss the merits of the rule – including why it was created in the first place – and what’s a possible outcome in May. Is there a compromise that schools and the NCHSAA can reach to allow only certain kinds of after-season play?

Listen below to this week’s PrepsNow Podcast.

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