Fall football season reinstated

9/3/2020 | Feature | By Staff

F ootball is back. Again.

This time it appears to be for good.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order allowing high school football to go forward for the fall season, with games beginning on September 18.

The MHSAA council has gone back and forth about how to proceed with fall sports during the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously the council elected to push the season back to the spring and many UP coaches expressed concerns about weather restrictions. 

However, once Whitmer gave the order, the MHSAA changed its decision and voted to move football back to the fall season.

“We are thankful for the opportunity for kids to get back on the field in all fall sports, and we appreciate Governor Whitmer providing that opportunity with Executive Order 176,” MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl said. “We share the Governor’s priorities of putting health and safety first, and the COVID-19 guidance and protocols designed by the MHSAA at her request have led to the safe starts in all sports across the state.”

Despite allowing contact sports to be played, Whitmer has stated that she advises against it, based on information from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

View the full MHSAA press release for more information.

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