Wolf Says Talks With PIAA Won't Change His Mind On Fall Sports

By NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

It doesn’t appear that talks with the PIAA will change Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s mind about postponing school fall sports.

During a news conference on Thursday Wolf stood by his recommendation that sports be delayed until January 2021.

“I’m not sure what they could say that would make me change my sense of what I believe is the right thing to do,” said Wolf.

The PIAA has sent a letter to Wolf, which he says he believe he has received but has not looked at yet.

The PIAA has said they would rather have the approval of Gov. Wolf but it looks like that support won’t come.

Wolf once again clarified that his recommendation is just that, a recommendation and not a mandate. The PIAA could vote to ignore, like some community leagues, Wolf’s recommendation and move ahead with its year.

“I also recommended this summer that Pennsylvanians avoid going to the Jersey sure, I’m sorry, that’s my recommendation, you do what you want and school districts are going to do what they want,” said Wolf.

For Wolf, he says right now the focus needs to be on education, not sports and that it’s important to get kids back to school first.

Asked about possible exceptions for low contact sports like tennis, Wolf said he is willing to listen but stands by his recommendation.

PA Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says the same data they are using for their recommendation is the same that the Big Ten, Pac-12, Penn State and other leagues are using to guide their decisions to postpone fall sports.

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