By Matt Noonan
Welcome to the midway point (a.k.a Wednesday).
It is rather gloomy outside, so make sure to bring a raincoat or umbrella in case you head out the door shortly. But before we dive into emails, Zoom calls and other work, let’s dish out a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ for Wednesday, July 22, 2020.
As usual, have a great day, everyone, and remember to keep wearing a smile on your face – better days are ahead!
Noontime’s Headlines for Wednesday, July 22, 2020
- Yesterday, we shared some news (and links) from the high school sports world. We even produced a blog post on updates from three states, including Massachusetts, which hopes to begin a fall sports season on Monday, September 14.But for fall sports to occur in the Bay State, we would need approval from both the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA).
- Sticking with the high school sports theme, Maine will not begin its high school sports season until Tuesday, September 8 – that would be the first day of practice, to be exact – while competition could begin ten days later on Friday, September 18.Like Massachusetts, fall sports in Maine were supposed to begin practicing next month, not in September. But a lot of unknowns remain due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
- According to Ryan O’Leary of the Seacoastonline.com, New Hampshire hopes to provide “guidelines” for the upcoming fall sports season in the next week or so. And similar to Massachusetts, Governor Chris Sununu will most likely have the final say if and when high school sports can be played, as well as which sport.
- Do you think we will see a college football season next spring? It sounds easy, right? But in all seriousness, it is going to be a BIG challenge for every athletic department if games are punted to next year.
- Speaking of spring football, especially D-III football, our buddies from In The D3FB Huddle discussed this idea last night on Facebook.
- Finally, it is starting to seem unlikely that college football could occur or be played during a pandemic. And that means it might be time for the Power Five’s to pull the plug.