UIL extends suspension of all contests and practices, threatening spring football

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Just minutes after Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced an executive order limiting social gatherings in an effort to contain and stop COVID-19, the UIL released a press release announcing the extended suspension of all UIL activities:

In the press release, the UIL announced that all contests, practices, rehearsals and workouts will remain suspended until further notice; the earliest a game or contest may resume is Monday, May 4th.

UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt said that the UIL is “working diligently on contingency plans to conduct state championships in each of the activities that have been suspended…”

With Gov. Abbott’s executive order, there should be no social gatherings larger than 10 people, all bars/restaurants must close with the exception for takeout or delivery, there should be no visits to hospitals or nursing homes except for those providing medical attention and all schools and gyms are to remain closed.

This announcement puts a kink in spring practices, spring games and any spring training for Texas High School Football. Could we see a delay in the 2020 season?

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