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LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine speaks during during the House Education Committee meeting about starting high school football games.

 
 

With little fanfare and only brief discussion, the LHSAA executive committee unanimously approved a plan to move forward with football contact drills and its season, regardless of what novel coronavirus reopening phase Louisiana is in.

“I get a little emotional about this,” LHSAA executive director Eddie Bonine said in a brief interview during a meeting break. “This is what our coaches and players have been working toward.”

The quick vote to approve what was hashed out with legislators last Friday was the biggest news during the morning portion of the fall executive committee meeting held at the LHSAA office Wednesday. The vote clears for the way for the LHSAA to begin its COVID-19 altered football season Oct. 8-10.

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Last Friday, an opinion issued by Attorney General Jeff Landry stated the LHSAA would not face added liability by starting full contact football practices and playing games in Phase 2. However, LHSAA president David Federico noted that the LHSAA does not have the power to overrule a local government edict. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has said the city’s schools cannot participate in full contact while city remains in Phase 2.