When it comes to the LHSAA, no news is good news — particularly for those eager to see fall high school sports.
Executive director Eddie Bonine squelched a Tuesday rumor that college decisions to postpone fall seasons based on the coronavirus pandemic would prompt the LHSAA to cancel or postpone its seasons. Bonine reaffirmed the LHSAA’s intention to continue moving toward its fall seasons using plans announced last week.
“If said it once, I’ve said it at least twice, there is no source … no such person close to the LHSAA who can speak our plans,” Bonine said. “That includes our executive committee. I am the source. We don’t have anything to report.
“I know this about all the (Southeastern Conference) states, including some of the states in other sections — like Arkansas and Texas — we’re all in the same position. We’re moving forward with the start of the season. I think Mississippi starts with football games at the end of this month. Texas already has volleyball going.”
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The LHSAA announced its COVID-19 game plan last week, which pushes the start of football season back to Oct. 8-10, provided that the Louisiana can progress past its current Phase 2 of reopening.
Volleyball season is set to begin Sept. 8. Cross country and swimming are scheduled to begin on their original start date of Aug. 31, because both sports can compete during Phase 2.
Bonine said he remains confident that the LHSAA can move toward its projected start dates. In addition to staying in touch with state leaders, Bonine is in regular contact with other state associations in the south.
“As one of our colleagues in another state has said, the only thing that would change is if a governor decides to shut the state down,” Bonine said. “None of us see that happening. We don’t see it happening. Our governor (John Bel Edwards) has made it clear he wants to keep going to the next phase and next step.”
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