Governor Whitmer Aiming To Push High School Football To Spring

She expects a decision later this month.

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June 30, 2020 - 5:45 pm
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In a press conference Tuesday announcing Michigan's return-to-school plan this fall, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called for a major change in the sports calendar: high school football in the spring. 

"I'm calling on the Michigan High School Athletic Association to consider postponing fall sports with the impossibility of social distancing to the spring, and running some of the more individualized sports, like track and field or tennis or golf, to the fall," Whitmer said. "I anticipate a decision coming from them sometime around July 20-25." 

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Whitmer first hinted at this possibility during an interview Monday on the Jamie and Stoney Show.

The rash of physical contact in football puts the players at higher risk of contracting Covid-19 -- and possibly contributing to a second wave of the virus. 

"We’re going to work with the (MHSAA), we’re going to continue to listen to our best minds in public health," Whitmer said. "We just want to keep our young people safe. We also recognize a lot of these sports create opportunities for young people to go on in life, and we don’t want them to miss those opportunities. We just have to figure out how to keep it safe."