There was great hope that high school football could be played in the Wolverine State in 2020, but those hopes ended Friday when the Michigan High School Athletic Association pushed the sport to next year.
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“At the end of the day, we did everything we could to find a path forward for football this fall,” MHSAA executive director Mark Uyl said. “But while continuing to connect with the Governor’s office, state health department officials, our member schools’ personnel and the council, there is just too much uncertainty and too many unknowns to play football this fall.
“No one is willing to take the risk of COVID being passed on because of a high-risk sport. Decisions have to be made on our other sports as well, but none of those carry the same close, consistent, and face-to-face contact as football.”
The Big 10 shutdown for 2020 probably helped the MHSAA’s decision.
What is not known, at this time, is when the 2021 high school football season will begin.