The high school football season in Mississippi will be delayed by two weeks.
Tuesday afternoon, the executive council of the Mississippi High School Activities Association voted to delay the start of the 2020 season with practices now beginning on August 17th and week one taking place on September 4th.
Per MHSAA Executive Committee vote Tuesday, the start of the Fall Sports season is delayed two weeks. Practice for volleyball, cross country and swim starts Aug. 10 with first meets/matches Aug. 24. Football practice begins Aug. 17. Opening games for football start Sept. 4.
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Back on July 1st, MHSAA Executive Director Don Hinton explained that because Mississippi starts its season earlier than most, the organization would be able to be more flexible with a decision to delay kickoff.
“We’re often criticized for playing in Mississippi so early for heat and humidity purposes. We also can play up to 12 games, while in most states its 10 or 11,” he said. “We’re also good in Mississippi where our region games for playoff purposes are the last games of the season. If you’re in an 8-team region, your last 7 games are region games, so those are some good things that help us in making these decisions.”
This story will be updated as we receive more information.
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