Pennsylvania Governor recommends no sports until after January 1

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf sent the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Board into a fast-and-furious meeting Thursday afternoon after he said, “we don’t do any sports until January 1,” during a news conference.

The governor’s statement caught most off-guard. Last month, the PIAA gave the go-ahead for high school football teams to open their Fall camps as scheduled on August 10. Since then, several high-profile leagues have announced that they wouldn’t start their practices until sometime in September.

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Garry Cathell, director of the Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association released the following statement after hearing of the governor’s comment, “If all sports are canceled, the PSFCA will immediately begin conversation to have spring football.”

The PIAA released the following statement on Twitter after the Thursday meeting:

“We are tremendously disappointed in this decision. Our member schools have worked diligently to develop health and safety plans to allow students the safe return to interscholastic athletics.”

PIAA from Twitter

The PIAA will hold another meeting on Friday.

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