Looking for big changes in the UIL's latest realignment plan for Corsicana's Tigers?
Almost nothing changed.
The UIL announced the realignment for football and basketball districts Monday morning and Corsicana's football district looks almost identical to the group that faced off the last two seasons and the basketball bunch remained the same.
"It's pretty much the same district," said Tigers football coach Hal Wasson. "It's funny, after all those mock realignments none of them were accurate."
The biggest change in the Tigers' football district is that they are now in an eight-team district, which means they won't get stuck with playing 10 games in a row without a bye (which is exactly what the UIL forced them to do the last two years).
"The best thing that came out of realignment for the Corsicana Tigers is not having to wait for the bye week after Week 10," Wasson said.
The district did change. Terrell and Kaufman were moved out of the Tigers' football district, and Crandall moved in, but the rest of the teams remained intact in District 8-5A DII, which consists of Corsicana, Ennis, Forney, North Forney, Greenville, Royse City, Sulphur Springs and the addition of Crandall.
That's right, the UIL kept the Tigers in the Interstate 30 lane, playing Royse City, Greenville and Sulphur Springs -- three schools that have nothing in common with this part of the state and present long road trips over the next two years.
The Tigers and Ennis remained hooked at the hip, and that's good for the rivalry, but it's not the best news for the 2020 football season because Ennis might have the best 5A team in the state.
"They're loaded," Wasson said of Ennis. "They've got everybody back. And Greenville has 18 or 19 returners. It's going to be a competitive district."
The Tigers will play three non-district games to start the season against The Colony, Frisco Lebanon Trail and Whitehouse. The Tigers will play seven district games this season instead of eight, and they will continue to play Ennis in the final regular season game of the year.
The Ennis game will be at Tiger Stadium this fall. The home schedule will include Greenville, Forney and North Forney with long road trips to Royse City and Sulphur Springs and a moderate trip to Crandall.
The Tigers' basketball teams stayed in District 14-5A, where nothing changed. Get used to seeing Ennis, Cleburne, Joshua, Midlothian, Red Oak and Waco University for the next two years in basketball, volleyball, baseball and softball.