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PIAA delays decision on Wolf recommendation

Projected start of football season pushed back to Sept. 11

HARRISBURG — The governing body for Pennsylvania school sports on Friday delayed making, for at least two weeks, a decision about whether to follow the governor’s recommendation and cancel sports until January.

The board of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association said mandatory fall sports activities are on hold until its next meeting on Aug. 21. The association hopes to use that time to discuss the matter further with Gov. Tom Wolf.

Voluntary workouts can continue in the meantime, and the PIAA pushed back the opening of the scholastic football season until Friday, Sept. 11.

The board issued a statement that said it wanted Wolf and agencies under him “to partner with us and work collaboratively to further discuss fall sports,” and hoped for “insight and discussion” from state lawmakers.

“It is clear to PIAA, the unintended consequences of canceling fall sports need to be further reviewed,” the association’s statement said.

The group maintains fall sports can be conducted safely.

The Mirror will have a full report in our Saturday-Sunday edition.

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