The decision, at long last, is final. There will be no traditional 11-on-11 tackle football in Connecticut for the 2020 fall season.
The CIAC Board of Control on Wednesday reaffirmed the decision it originally made on Sept. 3, falling in line with the position of the state Department of Health that football is a high-risk sport and should not be played this fall.
There was, however, a major shift in position. The Board of Control did say it would consider allowing competition at a later time for any sport that “cannot hold its regularly scheduled season, such as football, provided it does not negatively impact spring sports.”
Previously, the CIAC Board of Control had rejected a recommendation from the CIAC Football Committee to move football to the spring. Other states, including neighboring New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island have moved football to a late winter/early spring slot in February and March.