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The fate of the high school fall sports season in Florida hangs in the balance.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a lot of uncertainty for athletics, but at this time, the official start date of fall practice is July 27.

Don’t count on that date staying in place. It’s written in pencil.

And the first indication that it could be erased soon emerged during a Florida High School Athletic Association fall sports task force meeting Wednesday.

There the recommendation was made to move the practice start date to Aug. 10.

That would result in the fall sports regular season starting the week of Aug. 31, with the first Friday night football games being played Sept. 4. That’s two weeks after the original opening night for football.

The dates of Aug. 24 and Sept. 7 aren’t off the table either as the first day of fall practice. 

It’s progress but more plans and options are needed as is flexibility in those plans.

Flipping seasons was discussed at the meeting, which included moving football to the spring. But the idea was shelved quickly.

Ultimately, the meeting ended with nothing set in stone.

“At this moment in time, (there’s) no plan accepted, addressed or adopted,” FHSAA Executive Director George Tomyn said. “No final decision has been made.”

Academic Success

Navarre offensive lineman Jeremiah Chavis-Mhoon has been selected for membership in the National Society of High School Scholars.

Chavis-Mhoon is one of the better linemen in the area and already has one offer from Albany State. He’s expected to play a pivotal role up front for the Raiders this season.

Football News

Speaking of offensive linemen, Preston Brewer has received an invitation to the FBU Top Gun Showcase in Naples this month. Fellow OL Elijah Melendez and linebacker Devin Wright also received invites.

In the News

Check out the Navarre Press this week for a feature on former Navarre Raider Nick Brahms.

The center for the Auburn Tigers is as motivated as ever going into the 2020 season. He’ll be a leader along an offensive front hit hard by graduation.

My column touches on the lack of preparation by the FHSAA during its first task force meeting in June. 

On this Day in Sports History

Roger Clemens sees his streak of wins to start a season end on July 2, 1986, in a loss to Toronto. He misses the American League record (15) by one game but goes on to help lead Boston to the World Series that season.

On this date in 1988, Steffi Graf defeats Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon to complete the third league of her Golden Slam. She wrapped it up in October with a win at the U.S. Open.

Dodgers star Hideo Nomo becomes the first Japanese player to be selected for a Major League Baseball All-Star Game on this date in 1995.

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