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High School Insider: A conversation with OHSAA executive director Doug Ute

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Posted at 5:18 PM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 17:18:08-04

Ohio High School Athletic Association executive director Doug Ute isn't looking to swim in the deep end of the pool just yet.

He understands the significant challenges ahead for the state's governing body of high school athletics, especially the immediate financial concerns.

"One of the things I would tell you is that I'm not diving in the deep end and swimming in the deep water where we're going to drown," Ute said. "We're going to get in the shallow end of the pool and gradually work toward the deep end. What that means for me is we're going to take baby steps. But, we can't operate the way we've operated in the past. It's a different time."

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The former superintendent, athletic administrator and coach said last week he commends the OHSAA office in Columbus for helping the 815 member high schools during the COVID-19 pandemic this school year.

Now, it's his opportunity to help the OHSAA turn around its financial situation.

Ute, who was named the OHSAA executive director Sept. 8, joined the WCPO High School Insider for a conversation about a variety of topics as he assumes the position as the 11th leader in the OHSAA's 113-year history.

Plus, a look back at Week 3 of the Ohio high school football season including Princeton's 41-37 win at Colerain Sept. 11. It was the first time Princeton defeated Colerain since 1997.

Listen to this episode in the player above.

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