Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association officials will meet Friday afternoon with members of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration to discuss the possibility of a fall high school sports season.
The news was first reported by Phil Anastasia of the Philadelphia Inquirer, whose source was PIAA Executive Director Robert Lombardi.
In a news conference Thursday, Wolf repeated his stance that there should not be high school sports in Pennsylvania in 2020.
He also said it was nothing more or less than a recommendation.
“I’m sorry, that’s my recommendation,’’ he said. “You do what you want, and school districts are going to do what they want.”
Wolf first made the recommendation publicly a week ago. The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, which had been planning for a fall sports season, said it was “blindsided’’ by the news and voted last Friday to push the beginning of fall practices back two weeks, to Aug. 24, while it sought further guidance from state government.
The PIAA emailed a letter to Wolf on Tuesday, making the case for a fall season and requesting a meeting with Wolf.
Wolf said at Thursday’s news conference that he was aware of the letter, although he had not seen it, and that his staff remains in communication with the PIAA.
“I also recommended that we, this summer, Pennsylvanians avoid going to the Jersey Shore,” Wolf said.
He added a facial expression indicating that recommendation was not widely taken.