High school football decision looming large


The coronavirus pandemic isn’t going away and neither is the desire to play high school football in the fall.

Unfortunately that desire already took a backseat to the current reality in New Mexico where the season was pushed back to the spring on Thursday.

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As a result, the state of Mississippi has to at least have the same conversation.

The Mississippi High School Activities Association is planning to meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday to discuss not only the future of high school football, but all fall sports.

One source tells News 25, what’s on the table is a wide range of options, starting with a completely normal regular season all the way up to flipping the fall and spring calendars.

Other contingency plans exist in between those two extremes when it comes to scheduling and fan attendance policies.

A firm decision is expected to come out of Tuesday’s meeting leading up to what’s scheduled to be the first official football practice on August 3rd.

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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at jhaeger@wxxv25.com.