Pennsylvania Approves Fall High School Football Against Governor’s Wishes

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The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association voted 25-5 — against the wishes of Governor Tom Wolf — to permit high school football to be played this fall.

“The Board agrees the decision to compete in athletics should be made locally allowing for each school entity to decide whether to proceed and which sports to sponsor. As the health and safety of students is paramount in moving forward with athletics, the Board believes that through each member schools’ adherence to their developed school health and safety plans and the PIAA Return to Competition guidelines sports can continue.”

Governor Wolf issued a recommendation in early August stating high school sports should be delayed until January 1, 2021. “The guidance is we should avoid any congregate settings. And that means anything that brings people together is going to help that virus get us. We ought to do everything we can to defeat that virus.”

Today’s decision from the PIAA means Pitt, Temple, the Eagles, Steelers and high school football will be played this fall while Penn State won’t be playing.

While it’s great news to have high school football back in the state of Pennsylvania, Mike White from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting a “no spectator” rule will apply to the entire state. The PIAA hopes to have that rule changed, according to White.

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league.

Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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  1. Awesome. It is amazing how little your voice matters when you push COVID patients into elder care facilities, thus accelerating deaths. Besides, shouldn’t this jackass be worrying if Ben Roethlisberger has gotten a haircut?

  2. This is exactly how things ought to be decided and implemented in America. Local communities know best, because they have to live with how they govern.

    There’s a theological principle called subsidiarity this story reminds me of. I’m no expert, but I can explain the basics. This idea is brilliantly simple. Issues are always best addressed at the smallest possible social unit, not the largest. For example, a parent is best suited to decide health, education, and moral choices for their children, not the government, because parents are closest to the issue and have most at stake. It should be completely obvious, but, sadly, it’s not anymore.

    Local schools and districts know their situations far better than state government, so they are best equipped to make the call on any issues that impact their local communities (not state, and certainly not federal). They have to literally live with their decisions, while some bureaucrat 100 miles away will not “Feel” the impact of their governing. It’s about who has most skin in the game. It’s infuriating that we are approaching most problems the exact opposite in today’s coronavirus-crazed government overreach behavior, but subsidiarity is the to handle things if you actually want them done effectively. To do this you must first respect the individual and know they have the inherent dignity to make decisions themselves.

    When governments slip away from subsidiarity it seems to be rooted in a general lack of respect for individual dignity. It’s how you end up living in a Nanny State.

  3. Great!! it’s about time Americans started reclaiming their civil rights these pols have been out of control way to long i mean it’s high school football lets have some apple pie while were at it.

  4. Its about time Wolf got smacked back. Living here in PA has been hell, as he and his health secretary have become dictators. Our State house and senate have passed numerous bills to restore our freedoms and he just vetos them. Its absolutely insane.

  5. Well Penn State gave the seal of approval to climate change advocate Michael Mann even though Mann refuses to show anyone the data even though it was created with taxpayer cash. They also screwed up the molestation by the football coach. So they are politicizing football too.

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