The 2020 Tennessee high school football season will not start on August 21 as planned, because of the coronavirus pandemic. With Governor Bill Lee extending the state of emergency through August 29, Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association Executive Director Bernard Childress released a memo Tuesday stating the following:
Based on the extension of the Governor’s order, football and girls’ soccer cannot begin their seasons as originally scheduled. We are in the process of developing regular season and postseason options to present to the TSSAA Board of Control for their consideration. The Board will ultimately make the decision as to how this will impact the postseason and if any adjustments can be made to regular season competition.
While the Governor’s order is in place, member schools cannot have any competition or scrimmage with other schools and cannot have close contact activities during their fundamental practice in the sports of football, 7-on-7 football, girls soccer, wrestling and basketball.TSSAA statement