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Tennessee delays start of high school football season

While Michigan debates whether or not to push its high school football season to the spring, Tennessee has pushed back the opening of its season at least one week.

Tennessee governor Bill Lee has extended his state's State of Emergency through Aug. 29, making it impossible for Tennessee high schools to begin playing football games on Aug. 21.

In response to Lee's announcement, Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association executive director Bernard Childress released this statement:

Based on the extension of the Governor’s order, football and girls’ soccer cannot begin their seasons as originally scheduled. We are in the process of developing regular season and postseason options to present to the TSSAA Board of Control for their consideration. The Board will ultimately make the decision as to how this will impact the postseason and if any adjustments can be made to regular season competition.

While the Governor’s order is in place, member schools cannot have any competition or scrimmage with other schools and cannot have close contact activities during their fundamental practice in the sports of football, 7-on-7 football, girls soccer, wrestling and basketball.

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