The TSSAA Board of Control delayed a contingency plan vote last week for the 2020 high school football and girls soccer seasons.
The organization asked that it be exempt from Gov. Bill Lee's state of emergency that has been extended until Aug. 29. That could allow the season to start on time in August.
Oakland football coach Kevin Creasy said he is optimistic about playing football in the fall:
Riverdale football coach Will Kriskey said he's hopeful to soon know which direction they'll go because a lot of planning needs to be done:
The Board's next scheduled meeting is July 22 at Siegel High School.
The four options recently presented to the TSSAA Board of Control were:
1. If the executive order expires on Aug. 29, practice would begin on Aug. 30 with the first game on Sept. 18. All regular season schedules for schools would be replaced by the state office with a seven-week region schedule for all schools. Playoffs would be conducted as usual, but schools that do not make the playoffs would be able to play two extra games after the regular season.
2. All regular season schedules for schools would be replaced by the state office with an eight-week region schedule. The regular season would extend into Week 12 and the first-round of the playoffs would be eliminated (only region champions and runners-up would qualify). Teams that do not qualify for the playoffs would be able to play two extra games after the regular season.
3. Schools would keep their current schedule and begin play with the Week 5 game on September 18. Games scheduled against member schools for Week 3 would be played in Week 12. Games scheduled against member schools for Week 4 would be played in Week 13. Only region champions would advance to the playoffs beginning in Week 14. Schools that do not qualify for the playoffs would be able to play one extra game.
4. Cancel playoffs and championships. Start practice on August 30. Schools play games as scheduled beginning with Week 5 games on September 18. Move games against member schools from Weeks 1-4 to Weeks 12-15.
MONTE HALE, JR'S FULL INTERVIEW WITH OAKLAND FOOTBALL COACH KEVIN CREASY:
MONTE HALE JR'S FULL INTERVIEW WITH RIVERDALE FOOTBALL COACH WILL KRISKEY: