Kemp 'Cautiously Optimistic' for High School Football in Fall

Knox Bardeen
May 26, 2020 - 5:00 pm

Governor Brian Kemp said high school football is "as Georgian and American as you get," in a conversation about prep sports returning to the state of Georgia this fall.

Kemp joined Dukes & Bell on Tuesday to talk about the return of high school football, and the notion of professional and college sports resuming in Georgia.

"I'm very optimistic about getting back on the field this fall," Kemp told Carl Dukes and Mike Bell about high school football's return-to-action timetable. "I think we can figure out a way to do it. That doesn't mean it's going to happen. It may look a little different then it normally looks. I’m really hoping that we can get there.”

Kemp relayed bits of a conversation he had Tuesday with governors from other states and Vice President Mike Pence, who were discussing Dr. Anthony Fauci's stance that if the public continues to follow the guidance of the country's elected officials and do what they are asked, if the public doesn't let its guard down, there's no guarantee there will be a second wave of the Coronavirus.

“If we have ample testing, contact tracing, and if people continue to use these good practices, we may not have a second wave," Governor Kemp said. "If we don’t do that (have a second wave), we could start looking at ways to put some people in the stands and playing some live sporting events.”

Kemp said he's still being "cautiously optimistic" and doesn't want to give people false hope, but feels Georgians have to have a goal like high school football in the fall to completely understand how to deal with this pandemic.