Jackson Public Schools becomes first district in MS to cancel football


A decision with no direct ties to the Gulf Coast, but a decision striking indirect fear over the fate of a 2020 high school football season on the Gulf Coast nonetheless.

Today, Jackson Public Schools made the decision to cancel all fall sports and extra-curricular activities for the upcoming year as first reported by Brandon Shields of Mississippi Gridiron.

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According to WAPT, JPS football coaches received the call this afternoon, confirming the season is canceled with no indications as to whether or not games could be played in the spring.

The Mississippi High School Activities Association recently delayed the start of the football season until September 4th, but JPS is foregoing the 2020 campaign altogether.

The MHSAA schools affected by this decision are Callaway, Forest Hill, Jim Hill, Lanier, Murrah, Provine, and Wingfield.

That will also impact other teams in region 2 class 6A, regions 2 and 3 Class 5A, and region 6 class 4A.

According to at least one athletic director from the Gulf Coast, the JPS announcement has “no impact at all on school districts in the six coastal counties.”

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