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High School Insider: A conversation with KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett

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Posted at 4:19 PM, Sep 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-08 16:19:51-04

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association fall sports season starts this week in its entirety.

And with it brings a range of emotions as cross country, field hockey, soccer, volleyball and football begin during the COVID-19 pandemic. Golf started in late July.

"The feedback we're getting is kind of half mixed between total excitement and trepidation," KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett said.

"Nobody really is sure of everything they're doing. One of the things that we did in our guidance from moment one is recommend kind of phasing things in. Let's don't start trying to be ready for the end of the year whether it's coaching, whether setting up games. Let's try things, let's experiment a little bit because they may work differently."

Tackett joined the WCPO High School Insider to discuss the start of the majority of the fall sports season this week and how he's managed to keep tabs on everything during the pandemic during this past winter, spring and summer.

"The bottom line that we've tried to stay focused through all of this - I have used the expression lately I feel like we're conducting a circus in the middle of a tornado - but the focus has been on the students," Tackett said.

"And if we can get that focus together and do what's the best while realizing there is no perfect choice we'll be OK with this."

Also, Talawanda football coach Larry Cox joins the WCPO High School Insider to discuss the Brave's 17-7 win over Harrison Sept. 4. It was Talawanda's first win over Harrison since 1995.

Listen to this episode in the player above.

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