Running Updates: National High School Football Schedule Blog
John Garcia, Jr.
The upcoming high school football season figures to be one of the most interesting in modern memory, if it happens.
State governing bodies along with local administrators are working on the most practical solutions to the 2020 schedule amid the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort establishing precedent well beyond actual games. Everything from practice times, travel restrictions and playoff format appears to be on the line depending on the state.
Several states, like California, Washington, Virginia, Nevada and New Mexico, have already made the decision to push the 2020 season to December or even early 2021. Georgia made news Monday, July 27, with reports of a cancellation all together in multiple counties before being refuted later in the day.
SI All-American will do its best to track national news as it comes in on all fronts.
August 14: Michigan becomes state No. 14 to move football to the spring, the MHSAA announced Friday. More here.
Florida will return to sports August 24, the FHSAA announced Friday after an 11-5 vote on 'Option 1' of the proposed plan. The season kicks off September 4.
August 13: Utah's high school season will begin in full Friday night, but its initial week kicked off Thursday night with the first game nationally since the pandemic hit.
August 12: North Carolina becomes the 13th state to move football to the spring of 2021.
August 7: Florida remains relatively fluid, though both Governor Ron DeSantis and Senator Marco Rubio are advocating for a return to play plan. The FHSAA meets again August 14.
August 6: South Carolina was set to begin practice August 17, but has pushed back into September as many states have.
Oregon became the 10th state to push football to 2021, in the spring. The Oregon School Activities Association says high school football practice won't begin until February 22.
August 5: Chicago public schools announced no on-campus learning for the first quarter of the school year.
South Carolina will push back the beginning of football practice to September 8, per Jeff Roberts.
August 4: Colorado becomes the ninth state to push back the season to the spring of 2021.
The MSHSL announced that the state of Minnesota will have a 'modified' spring football season, pushing back to 2021. More here.
Pennsylvania has delayed the start of the 2020 high school football season to October 2. More details here.
August 3: Maryland is the latest to move football to the spring of 2021, the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association announced Monday. Private school football is delayed, but has yet to be pushed to 2021 just yet. More here.
July 31: Per the GHSA, the state of Georgia will confirm 2020 schedules by noon Friday. The season remains slated to begin September 4 in the Peach State. More here.
July 29: Illinois is the latest state to move football to the spring of 2021, the IHSA announced Wednesday evening.
Kansas and Arkansas are full speed ahead.
Michigan remains on course for an August 10 practice start date.
Louisiana will stay the course and maintain an August 3 start date but the game schedule remains up in the air, per the LHSAA.
July 28: One of the most competitive leagues in the country, the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference in the Washington, D.C. area, won't feature football in 2020. January is the earliest the next football season would take place.
Kentucky is the latest state to deal with a delay, announcing a September 11 possible start date on Tuesday. More than 20 states have pushed back the start of the 2020 football season.
Utah met Tuesday and determined no further changes were needed ahead of the season. It is set to begin as early as August 13.
Tennessee is allowing full contact football practices moving forward. There are no updates to the 2020 schedule, with play set to begin August 21. More here.
North Carolina, which is delaying the start of the season until at least September 1, updated its plans Tuesday with the despite to move to the second phase of their return to sport plan. More here.
In Mississippi, Jackson Public Schools appeared to have cancelled fall sports late Monday night only to back track hours later in a release titled, "No decision yet."
July 27: The state of Alabama, which began practicing Monday, won't have football in 2020 in Greene County and Sumter County. Each is located in the western part of the state, bordering Mississippi. Al.com reports here. Middle school sports in Birmingham City Schools were canceled, too. Barbour County did the same the next day.
Louisiana is starting football practice on August 3 but the start of the actual season remains up in the air.
July 24: Iowa will play a condensed season beginning August 24. Practice begins August 10.
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