Dallas Superintendent casts doubt on fall high school football season in Texas: ‘I seriously doubt that we can pull that off’

As coronavirus cases surge across the country, education and health officials, as well as high school state associations, continue to grapple with what a return to high school sports in the fall will look like, if there is one. In California, the CIF will make a decision on July 20.

In Texas, football in the fall is looking unlikely. Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Michael Hinojosa told MSNBC’s Garrett Haake on Thursday that “[Football] is a true contact sport, I don’t see how we can pull that off. There’s been some discussion of moving it to the spring, but we’ll have to wait and see. I don’t, I seriously doubt that we can pull that off.”

Texas is arguably the heart and soul of high school football in the U.S. The fact that Hinojosa has serious doubts about a football season taking place in Texas is significant. The district Hinojosa oversees has 153,000 students and is the second largest in the state.

Texas set a new single-day record for COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations on Wednesday, with 98 deaths and 9,610 hospitalizations, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

At any level, it will be a challenge to play football this fall. In the college ranks, the Ivy League has already canceled its fall football season. The Big 10 has canceled non-conference football games and the ACC is expected to follow suit.

On a teleconference with reporters on Thursday, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said he is no longer “cautiously optimistic” about a football season being held this fall. He said he’s now “very concerned.”

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