Michigan high school football reinstated by Gov. Whitmer

On Thursday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that fall sports for Michigan high schools, including football, have been reinstated.

According to reports, the high school football season will begin Sept. 17-18 with the Week 4 schedule.

From Detroit Free Press:

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order dealing with the coronavirus pandemic Thursday that will allow the high school football season to begin in two weeks and volleyball, boys soccer and girls swimming and diving to begin Wednesday, the Free Press has learned.

The MHSAA Representative Council voted to reinstate all sports on Thursday in conjunction with Whitmer’s announcement.

The executive order opens gyms and fitness centers across the state and allows organized sports to resume Wednesday. Whitmer, citing guidance from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, said she still advises against playing contact sports, but is not prohibiting them.

The main beneficiary is high school football, which the Michigan High School Athletic Association had banished to the spring Aug. 14 when it appeared that was the only alternative to allow the Class of 2021 to have a senior season.

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