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Texas Delaying 5A and 6A High School Football Seasons Due to Coronavirus

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Texas high school football will be played this fall, but the schedule is going to be delayed.

In a release from the University Interscholastic League, the state’s governing body for public high schools, the fall schedule won’t be uniform will be tweaked for Conferences 5A and 6A, the biggest schools in the state, who, due to their density, are more likely to be dealing with COVID-19 concerns. They can begin practices on Sept. 7 and games on Sept. 24. 

Conferences 1A through 4A may begin practices on Aug. 3 and games on Aug. 27, keeping with the original UIL schedule.

 

However, there could also be adjustments based on city-by-city rules due to possible outbreaks. Houston, which is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak, will begin schools online and then won’t go in-person until mid-October.

This also could have an impact on state championship runs, as 5A and 6A schools could end up with state title games played in January. And since some players choose to opt-out early and go enroll early at their college program, some top players may not be with their teams when the calendar flips to 2021.

The announcement comes one day after California high schools delayed their high school football schedule until December or January. It also comes one day after the Texas Longhorns sent out an e-mail to season ticket holders saying they planned to have the stadium at 50% capacity this season.

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