At last, there's a glimmer of hope for those hoping to see Minnesota high school football and volleyball this fall.
On Wednesday, Minnesota State High School League Board of Directors President Blaine Novak called a special meeting of the board of directors for Monday at 9 a.m.
The purpose of the meeting is to consider starting football and volleyball seasons this fall.
The special meeting was called a day after an hours-long MSHSL workshop discussion, which featured much back and forth about the board's Aug. 4 decision to push football and volleyball back to the spring because of the pandemic.
According to the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, the earliest potential dates for fall football games would be Oct. 2. Volleyball, meanwhile, has been talked about as starting games Oct. 22.
Surveys to MSHSL members were sent Wednesday to gain input.
“The Minnesota State High School League continues its work of providing the safest possible way for students to participate in all League activities and athletics for the 2020-2021 school year,” MSHSL Executive Director Erich Martens said in a statement. “This special meeting called by Board President Blaine Novak will be a continuation of those very important discussions and decisions.”
Minnesota has become one of the few states in the area not playing high school football this fall. North Dakota and South Dakota seasons are already underway.
Wisconsin is set to kickoff next weekend. Two weeks ago, Michigan reversed course from postponement and will get underway this weekend. Recent news reports also indicate Colorado is leaning toward flipping back to a fall season.
Illinois, however, remains committed to playing in the spring.