State of Emergency Extension May Impact Start of High School Football Season


When Tennessee Governor Bill Lee extended his state of emergency for the coronavirus on Monday through August 29th, it included the continuation of limits for contact sports like football. Well the high school football season is supposed to kick August 21st. At some point, kids will have to put on pads and make contact with each other before the season can begin.

Said Bradley Central head coach Damon Floyd:”You know hopefully the TSSAA will give us some guidance on when we possibly might be able to start. A couple of different plans that they’re looking at because we just don’t show up and all of a sudden we just practice. There’s a lot of planning that takes place.”
Said Walker Valley head coach Drew Akins:”July is typically you’re going 7-on-7’s versus other teams. I think you are going to lose that in July. Like you said I think at some point we’ve got to cross that barrier.”

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at