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No prep football this fall in Virginia; Pennsylvania, Georgia moving forward

By LARRY VAUGHT

While we wait to see what might happen with fall high school sports in Kentucky, several other states have made their plans clear.

New Mexico called off the high school football season last week. Tuesday Virginia did the same thing but said football would be played either in the winter, spring or not at all depending on which plan the Virginia High School League’s executive committee approves later this month. Football practice had been scheduled to start July 30.

Pennsylvania and Georgia are moving ahead with fall high school sports.

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association is “moving forward” with the normal start of fall sports season unless otherwise directed by the state. The statement also said the focus remains on the “health and safety of student-athletes” and that PIAA is “committed” to providing a season for all sports.

Georgia is also moving forward towards football season. Helmets come on next week and scheduled scrimmage games start three weeks from Friday across the state.

And Saturday night, graduated Kansas high school football players will take part in the 47th annual Kansas Shrine Bowl with attendance limited to 2,000 compared to the normal 10,000. The game is already sold out.

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association will meet again in about two weeks to decide about fall sports. Commissioner Julian Tackett will join myself and Tim Estes on WPBK (102.9 FM, wpbkfm.com) Thursday at 7:30 a.m. and we will certainly ask for an update.

However, news that Jefferson County is likely going to start the school year with online learning and it appears Fayette County school board members favor doing the same.

There is no easy, safe decision to make here, especially with the way virus numbers have increased recently. However, decisions have to come soon about whether there will or will not be fall sports.

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