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Coaches and players across the mountains react to new football start date

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Published: Jul. 28, 2020 at 5:41 PM EDT
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(WYMT) - Across the Commonwealth on Tuesday coaches, players, and fans sat on pins and needles awaiting the KHSAA’s decision on the upcoming fall sports season.

After weeks and even months of little to no answers, high school football received some good news, with the KHSAA Board of Controls voting to start season openers on September 11th.

“You know I haven’t gotten to speak to my players, but I know they’re going to be excited and my staff is excited. I think most of the coaches in the state are excited, all of the coaches are. A bunch of them are scrambling trying to get games, trying to figure out how we can get our games rescheduled and all that, but it’s exciting to get to know that we have a plan,” said Paintsville Head Football Coach, Joe Chirico.

“Our whole thing, the whole time, has been we just hope that they didn’t react too quickly. Just give us a chance you know to keep the boat in the water is what some people were saying. I think the KHSAA has done that with their decision today,” added Pikeville Head Football Coach, Chris McNamee.

However, practice will stay limited to strength and conditioning workouts for now. The KHSAA Board of Controls also voted to start practice with helmets on August 24th, with shoulder pads August 31st, and full gear on September 7th.

“Practice has looked a lot different this summer, but I’m proud of the effort they’ve brought each time we worked out. I know they’re looking forward to things getting back to being a little more normal and normal football practice even though we have to wait a few more weeks, but I think we’re all looking forward to that,” added McNamee.

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