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Fayette County putting fall sports on hold following KHSAA’s decision to move forward with season

Troy Taormina | USA TODAY Sports

Troy Taormina | USA TODAY Sports

The Fayette County Public Schools system isn’t quite ready to move forward with a fall sports season–yet.

Earlier on Friday, FCPS announced that they will put a hold on the upcoming fall sports season, just one day after the Kentucky High School Athletic Association released plans to begin practicing next week with games set to follow in the coming month. The KHSAA voted 16-2 on Thursday to let practices begin this coming Monday, Aug 24.

In a statement released on Friday afternoon, Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk went ahead and canceled any practices that were scheduled for Monday in order to allow more time and opportunities for members of the board and staff to look over the proposed safety plans.

“In the interim, there will be no athletic practices Monday in Fayette County,” Caulk said in the statement. “The safety of our students, staff and families will continue to be the primary consideration in everything we do.”

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear stated on Thursday that he would not make any recommendations on the KSHAA plan until he’s had the proper time to look over it himself. Beshear said he was shocked by the announcement from the KHSAA and also added that he will look to ask questions directly to the commissioner.

Both the Fayette County and the Jefferson County Board of Education have announced plans for meetings on Monday evening to discuss how they will handle the fall sports season. Games are currently scheduled to start on Sept. 11 for football and Sept. 7 for all other fall sports.

Also on Friday, Henry Clay High School notified its first two opponents for the season–Pulaski County and Frederick Douglass–that it would be canceling those games, citing “safety concerns” as the reason. The Blue Devils are now expected to begin its football season on Sept. 25 against Central Hardin High School with the number of total games on its schedule cut down to just six.

There isn’t any expectation that an official comment will be given by the FCPS until after Monday’s meeting. In the end, the final decision will come down to whatever Gov. Beshear thinks is best.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

18 Comments for Fayette County putting fall sports on hold following KHSAA’s decision to move forward with season



  1. light my fire
    11:12 pm August 21, 2020 Permalink

    So in other words some players or people there have virus and ain’t allowed to be made public.



  2. east-ky-boy
    11:40 pm August 21, 2020 Permalink

    So be it! This is the new norm. Still be like this in the spring too. Gonna have to suck it up at some point and live



    • CJKAssassin123
      7:12 am August 22, 2020 Permalink

      It’s like I have been saying,this says a lot about UK’s chances of playing football this fall. The SEC will be playing football this fall but UK will most likely either play a schedule in a the spring with a different conference or not play at all after the the Governor gets involved with the UK school administration.



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      9:48 am August 22, 2020 Permalink

      No way UK plays in another conference in the spring. I’m afraid you might me right about the gov and his “I’ll take a look and see if I approve (but don’t tell anyone my kid is playing baseball…shhh!)” though. If he tells UK they can’t play in the fall, and they comply, that’s it for UK football this year IMO. I still don’t believe the Big 10, etc. will play in the spring.



    • CJKAssassin123
      11:14 am August 22, 2020 Permalink

      Might not be a bad thing for UK football to move to the Big 10. Especially if Ohio State replaced us in the SEC we would have a chance to own the Big 10 every year. Moving to the ACC would be fun for Basketball we would be able to crush UL twice a year!



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      9:55 am August 22, 2020 Permalink

      And even if I’m wrong about the other conferences playing spring football, I don’t see us playing them, especially a league like the MAC.



  3. crazycatfan65
    6:54 am August 22, 2020 Permalink

    Everything will be much better after November.



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      9:49 am August 22, 2020 Permalink

      Yep, the 4th specifically.



    • ScoggDog
      2:52 pm August 22, 2020 Permalink

      No – it won’t.

      It doesn’t matter who wins this election. There is a broad movement to shut everything down. No groups – no collective activities. This is never ending. They will not stop.



  4. deancdurbin1
    8:29 am August 22, 2020 Permalink

    These kids need sports…..everyone is so hyper focused on COVID. They’re forgetting about the psychological effects healthcare professionals are seeing everywhere. I fear we’re raising a generation of kids who irrationally fear things that are very unlikely to hurt them and don’t critically think about issues.



    • Jambluehue99
      9:54 am August 22, 2020 Permalink

      We are on at least the third generation of non-thinkers. Some are running the government. Some are in the streets.



  5. JoeMoney333
    8:40 am August 22, 2020 Permalink

    That’s fair, it should be a local decision. With Fayette and Jefferson county being the worst areas in the state for COVID they may have to do something different.



  6. TheBigjMan55
    11:08 am August 22, 2020 Permalink

    Why not play! The kids need it.



  7. TheBigjMan55
    11:08 am August 22, 2020 Permalink

    Let the kids play!!!



  8. RealCatsFan
    11:21 am August 22, 2020 Permalink

    I have generally supported most of the decisions made by the governor up until now, but I really think he should allow this to be a county level decision. I have a high school athlete at home, and she is probably at higher risk interacting with friends than she is going to practice and playing games. Maybe a good solution would be to have the games without fans for the start of the season and see how things go. You can’t just push fall sports back until spring because then there will be conflicts with gym and locker room space. Speaking of locker rooms, that is probably where most of the spread is happening. Just have the kids shower at home.



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      3:19 pm August 22, 2020 Permalink

      Good points.



  9. ScoggDog
    3:14 pm August 22, 2020 Permalink

    In the end – the final decision will come down to whatever Gov. Beshear thinks is best. Now that’s a quote if I’ve ever seen one.

    Y’all ever get tired of doing this that or the other based on what Uncle Andy thinks is best ?