California expected to move high school football to 2021

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We’ve been holding-off on writing this story for about a week, because there are so many rumors floating around surrounding the 2020 California high school football season’s start date. However, now it looks like the California Interscholastic Federation will turn the rumors into fact on Monday at 9 A.M. when it’s expected to announce that high school football will not be played this Fall.

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Then at 1 P.M. Pacific Time on Monday, Rob Wigod, Commissioner of the CIF-Southern Section, the state’s most powerful section, will hold a press conference reportedly to announce the section season will start in 2021, probably January or February. The last three High School Football America “mythical” national champs are from the CIF-SS — St. John Bosco (2019) and Mater Dei (2017 and 2018).

The California high school football picture came into focus on Friday when Governor Gavin Newsom said that most schools in the state, including those in Los Angeles and Orange counties, will start the year with on-line classes only because of rising number of coronavirus cases across the state. The order covers public and private schools.

Summer workouts were shutdown lat week as COVID-19 cases continued to rise and no matter what type of plan is set forth on Monday, it will all be contingent upon numbers falling.

So far, ten states have officially pushed back the start of the season until later in the Fall, New Mexico and Virginia have already moved the season into the Spring.

Read: Which states have pushed back the 2020 high school football season

Also on Monday, the Florida High School Athletic Association will meet and is expected to make an announcement about the upcoming season that is set to begin with practices on July 27.

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.