WARREN, Mich. – Coach Dan Rohn will have to wait to lead his new football team onto the gridiron at De La Salle Collegiate.
The delay comes after the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Representative Council made the difficult decision to postpone football until the spring of 2021.
According to the MHSAA, the decision was based on feedback and input from Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s office, state health department officials, member schools, collegiate conferences, and individuals on both sides of the issue.
De La Salle will soon learn of plans allowing fall coach-player workouts as well as concepts for the spring football season dates, format, and playoffs.
All other fall sports in the low and moderate risk categories, including soccer, tennis, and cross country, are moving forward. Practices have begun in all those sports and competitions may begin in golf and tennis on August 19 and cross country on August 21. The first-ever sporting event at Saint John Baptist de La Salle Field is scheduled for August 21 when the Pilots host Bloomfield in a soccer match.
The Representative Council will meet again next Wednesday to finalize the competition calendars for the remaining fall sports. Further guidance regarding indoor facilities in Phase 4 is coming to schools next week.
“At the end of the day, we did everything we could to find a path forward for football this fall,” MHSAA executive director Mark Uyl said in a statement. “With all input received, along with school feedback from the first week of practice, there was just too much uncertainty and too many unknowns to safely play football this fall. While there is disappointment today that we could not play football this fall, we are encouraged and motivated to find the best possible plan to fit football in with existing seasons to give all of our kids the best experience possible.”