Spring football has now fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic, which was announced Friday by the Mississippi High School Activities Association.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, public schools won’t be back in session any sooner than April 20, after an announcement by Gov. Tate Reeves.

“Like many state high school associations around the South and throughout the nation, the MHSAA will continue to monitor and evaluate this situation as we move into the month of April,” MHSAA executive director Don Hinton said in a statement. “But as long as schools remain closed on a statewide basis, return to competition and practice will not be an option.”

The MHSAA had originally suspended all athletic competition and practices through March 29. That directive came down Monday and put spring football in danger of being canceled.

Spring football begins in April at most schools.

Preseason drills are slated to begin Aug. 3, although the MHSAA will consider adding an additional week of practice.

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