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Beshear will NOT overturn KHSAA’s plan for fall sports

Troy Taormina | USA TODAY Sports

Troy Taormina | USA TODAY Sports

High school football has the green light in Kentucky. This afternoon, Governor Andy Beshear announced he will NOT overturn the KHSAA’s plan to allow high schools across the state to begin fall sports practice this week even though he disagrees with it.

“Let me start by saying we’re not going to overturn that decision and it’s not because I think that it’s a good decision or a wise decision, but if we’re going to defeat this virus, we need people — other than me, up here — all over Kentucky taking responsibility to make good and wise decisions. I have concerns, and I think Dr. Stack will share his, that by starting with some of the most high contact sports, we risk a shortened season, we risk what I think can be successful plans to get our kids back in school, we risk every other sport that’s going to follow. But we can’t be making every decision on what’s best for folks out of the Governor’s office and it’s going to be incumbent on our superintendents, on coaches, on the different groups to make the wisest decisions that they can.”

Beshear noted that the Southeastern Conference delayed the start of fall sports and will test players three times per week, something that most high schools across the state simply cannot do. Dr. Stack cited concerns about myocarditis, a rare heart condition linked to coronavirus.

“Every program that’s going to start up, I want you to really think, are we testing our athletes?” Beshear said. “Are we doing everything that it takes to keep them safe? Are we putting them first?”

Last week, the KHSAA Board of Control approved the new fall sports calendar by a vote of 16-2. A nine-week high school football season will kick off Sept. 11, according to the plan that was previously established last month:

  • Aug. 24 — Helmet-only practices begin
  • Sept. 11 — Regular-season play begins (nine-week regular season)
  • Nov. 13 — First round of playoffs (keeping all five rounds)
  • Dec. 11-12 — State finals at UK moved ahead one week

Other fall sports are also set to begin practicing today. Cross country, volleyball, soccer and field hockey will still be able to play 80% of their regular season games by abiding by the following calendar:

  • Aug. 24 — Light practice (six hours per week)
  • Aug. 31 — Full practice
  • Sept. 7 — Full competition begins

The decision will now be up to individual school districts/superintendents, many of which — including Jefferson and Fayette County — have already postponed practice, with meetings scheduled for tonight to decide whether or not to move forward.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

24 Comments for Beshear will NOT overturn KHSAA’s plan for fall sports

  1. mashman 93
    4:45 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

    Popular decision and a good one imo and if it gets bad shut it down.

  2. OldSchool606
    4:45 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

    So if there are some adverse outcomes as a result of the KHSAA’s decision, then the blame will rest squarely with Julian Tackett & the Board of Control. I can’t recall what medical school they went to.

    • Bluehender
      4:53 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

      Hopefully they went to the school of common sense

    • BlueCat22
      4:53 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

      Exactly what I was thinking. Really smart decision by the Governor. Totally on them now.

    • Bluehender
      4:55 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

      You don’t have to be a medical school grad to practice social distancing and wearing a mask and make the right decision if things take a turn for the worse

  3. bjtitzandgolf
    5:00 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

    True dat

  4. Fro
    5:04 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

    Only reason he did this was because he wants to be king for 8 years, so kids can’t go to school but they can play sports, that makes a lot of sense

    • RealCatsFan
      5:09 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

      Perhaps, but the guy who REALLY wants to be king forever and ever lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. 🙂

    • friendsofcoal
      6:01 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

      No he left the White House in 2016

    • Han
      5:21 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

      Or he knows that if he tells them no, Cameron will just sue him and get a judge to overrule him, because High School football is popular enough that he can’t fight it.

  5. ScoggDog
    5:07 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

    Football is a risky sport – everyone that participates accepts the risks, even if they don’t understand them. And no one that’s uncomfortable with that level of risk will be forced to attend.

    I don’t see any problem with allowing those that want to accept the risk to do so.

    • RealCatsFan
      5:11 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

      I’m still scratching my head on why girls’ volleyball is considered to be a high risk or high contact sport. Other than cross country, golf, or tennis, I can’t really think of a sport that has less physical contact. Perhaps it is because of net play with the hitters and blockers, or the fact that it is an indoor sport.

    • UKBigBlueForever
      5:16 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

      Lots of inhaling / exhaling indoors in close quarters ..doesn’t have to be a contact support to be deemed high-risk

    • Han
      5:23 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

      If the risk was that it can only happen to you, your point would make sense. But people who take the risk can then spread it to others.

      Like saying “It’s only your own life at risk if you drink and drive” which ignores the other people you endanger out on the road.

    • ScoggDog
      7:09 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

      Then I would suggest you stay at home, Han. Because the Covid could be anywhere, on any surface, and nothing can save you from it. Certainly not that mask.

      You should most definitely stay away from anyone that works or plays sports. Or associates with anyone else. You pretty much should construct your own bubble. It’s the only way to be sure.

  6. michaelb
    6:00 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

    Well I’ve seen this movie before … ya know what happens next kids , he moves the goal post . Curb your enthusiasm momentarily

    • sprtphan
      6:17 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

      Exactly. Goal post was posivity rate below 5%.

  7. friendsofcoal
    6:02 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

    I’m in shock

    • bigblue98
      6:15 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

      I am too. You finally said something that’s coherent. Must mean your kid’s there to proofread. Just make sure you post everything before you put them to bed so we can all understand what you’re trying to say.

    • KYhammer
      8:33 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

      *friendsofcoal has left the chat*

  8. rushman
    8:38 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

    Dandy Beshear might have finally figured out that he is going to lose in Court after Attorney General Daniel Cameron sues him.

    • Han
      9:41 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

      I remember when I thought name-calling was cool, too. I was in elementary school.

  9. sharpshooter81
    9:45 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

    Let these kids play as they are in the lowest percentage of contracting the virus or passing it on. Everyone better start to learn to live with this virus for the foreseeable future because there isn’t going to be a silver bullet vaccine. Plus, you can’t hide from this virus unless you stay indoors full time. Life and sports must go on now.

  10. Some Guy
    11:03 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

    Unfortunately more kids will and have died from the flu, drowning or even strep than from this virus. Check the stats. If people really cared about kids they would have shut down schools and pools years ago or had them wear masks for years. This is all some weird game unfortunately with these politicians and we are the ones that take the hit. Our kids are taking the hit getting confused socially and educationally. These are sad times!