The UIL announced Tuesday morning that all 6A and 5A football programs will have a delayed start.
Teams in those larger divisions will not start practice until Sept. 7 with games starting Oct. 1. Classes 4A and smaller will still begin football practice on Aug. 3. The 5A and 6A schools will still have their full seasons, playoffs will just be delayed through December with state championships being played in January.
The decision comes in response to the COVID-19 concerns that are spreading through many metropolitan areas. It affects four schools here in the Permian Basin: Odessa High, Permian, Midland High and Midland Lee.
Midland High head coach Tim Anuskiewicz joked that he misread the information at first and thought his team would still be able to start practice on Aug. 3. But he did say he is thankful to have a season at all, and knows the delay is the right decision.
“Number one we’re most excited about having a full season. Whether that’s in September or August, it really doesn’t matter to us,” he said.
Odessa High head coach Danny Servance said he was not surprised by the delay since case numbers have been on the rise. However, he was surprised the classes’ schedules are split.
Watch the video above to hear the coaches’ full response.