New Mexico Postpones High School Football, Will Texas Follow?
The State of New Mexico was the first of what will likely be many states to postpone football and other contact sports in the upcoming fall semester. A statement released yesterday by the NMAA Executive Director Sally Marquez the postponement was made official, "The New Mexico Activities Association will be postponing both the 2020 football and soccer seasons to the spring semester."
The statement continued, "Although the NMAA and its member schools were hopeful that all interscholastic sports and activities could resume as originally scheduled this August, the continued coronavirus pandemic and resulting public health concerns have forced the association to consider adjustments for the 2020-2021 school year."
Today, Marquez released a "message of hope" saying they are working on a plan to play football and soccer in the spring. The NMAA plans to have a tentative plan of action by July 15th.
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham also shared via the Durango Herald, "These contact sports are just too high risk. If we do well, if we work hard, it is possible we could just be delaying them and they could be played later in the year and later into the season. Fingers crossed, and I believe in you that we can get this done."
In response to the decision made by New Mexico, an anonymous superintendent in Dallas said that high school football in the state of Texas is "highly unlikely".
In stark contrast, Frenship high school is already trying to replace a game that it had on the schedule against Clovis, New Mexico. It certainly doesn't seem that Frenship has any plans to cancel a football season.
With NCAA conferences paring down their non-conference schedules and states postponing football season, it's getting more and more precarious that a Texas High School football season could be in danger of happening in the fall semester.
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