NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - Greg Tepper, Managing Editor of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football breaks down the upcoming season and what to expect from the top teams in East Texas.
The first big question is the state of the season. Teams are in limited workouts right now with strict COVID-19 guidelines by the UIL. Schools have not seem competition in any sport since Spring Break.
I think it is fair to say we don’t know...,” Tepper said. “We have to start realizing that it is going to be different. It is going to look different. In many ways it is going to be strange. It is inevitable because of the pandemic.”Right now you have some programs when a kid test positive with coronavirus they are just shutting down workouts. Those are voluntary, bonus workouts if you will. Those are easy. What happens when it happens in two-a-days? What happens when it happens in week 2? It may be strange and different then what high school football fans are accustomed to.”
The University Interscholastic League is entering their 100th season of high school football. Through the spring shutdown the UIL has remained optimistic about the start of the fall sports seasons for football and volleyball to happen on time as as normal as possible. Still with Texas having record case numbers of the virus there is a growing concern that the season will not be the typical season we all love and look forward to.
“The UIL wants high school football to happen,” Tepper said. “Especially with this being the 100th celebration of Texas High School Football under the UIL. The UIL very much wants this to happen. We also have to remember they are educators and their number one priority is the safety of the kids. They are not going to put kids in harms way for the sake of playing football.”
A full breakdown of what Tepper expects for East Texas teams can be viewed above.