Earlier in the month, it was announced by Tennessee Governor Bill Lee that there would be an extension of the State of Emergency for the state because of the COVID-19 positive cases being reported. With Executive Order 54, Lee extended that emergency proclamation to August 29 of this year. In adherence to that order, the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) announced that all contact sports would be delayed in team gatherings and competition, at least, until the end of the current emergency period.
That declaration meant that all state football programs would lose their first three or four games in the season given the season typically starts in August. With a flurry of conversation and input, the TSSAA issued four possible scenarios to address, in particular, football’s playoff picture with the new delay. Originally the TSSAA Board of Control was slated to vote on which one of those possibilities would be the answer.
However, on the recommendation of TSSAA Director Bernard Childress, the TSSAA Board of Control opted not to make a decision in today’s meeting regarding which contingency plan would be adopted. Childress told board members, “We’ve been talking to the Governor’s Economic Recovery Team and they are very much aware of our sports calendar.”
However, Childress said the team wanted to look at more data and make a determination at a later time. Childress also encouraged Board members and those listening to the broadcast to advocate social distancing and wearing masks citing that that “the way we get to have fall sports is if the numbers come down” referring to COVID diagnoses.