Last week, the University Interscholastic League announced its plans for the fall sports.
Class 4A and below would begin on time, while Class 5A and 6A are slated to start a month later than they would normally. KPRC Channel 2 Sports Director Randy McIlvoy caught up with UIL Deputy Director Dr. Jamey Harrison recently to discuss the UIL's decision and the fluidity of the situation as we move forward.
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HOUSTON - Mike McEachern was running errands on Friday morning.
The Huffman ISD athletic director and head football coach knew Harris County was set to make an announcement, which he thought could be "intriguing". As McEachern was trying to pull up the live video feed on his phone, he was having trouble viewing it.
Then his phone started blowing up with text messages.
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo had made the announcement that all public and non-religious private schools inside Harris County could not start face-to-face instruction until September 8, the Tuesday following Labor Day. This meant no athletics in August.
For Huffman, a Class 4A program, which sits about a quarter of a mile inside the Harris County line, this meant what the University Interscholastic League had announced on Tuesday - which gave Class 4A programs and down the clearance to start practice and games on time - was now a moot point just days later.
"It's just a kick in the teeth," McEachern said. "The hardest thing right now is we can't get the kids together and continue our strength and conditioning."