CANYON, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — West Texas A&M University’s head football coach, Hunter Hughes released a fall football schedule today on his twitter.
While The Lone Star Conference has already postponed all competition in the sports of football, soccer, volleyball, and basketball to the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this month, it would seem WT will still play football.
However, WT’s football team still seems to be planning on playing, according to Head football Coach Hunter Hughes.
Hughes released a short video on his Twitter page on Friday, with the caption “Worth the wait”, on August 21. The Tweet showed a computer monitor that had a schedule being typed up for the 2020 fall season.
Football Head Coach Hunter Hughes:
“Our players, coaches, and athletic department are beyond thrilled to be playing this fall in Buffalo Stadium and representing West Texas A&M every time we take the field. We are thankful and appreciative for the outstanding leadership provide by our President, Dr. Walter Wendler, our Athletic Director, Michael McBroom, during these difficult and tumultuous times we are going through. It is our belief that life has to come back with a sense of normalcy. I believe that our university has taken the correct steps for us to have a successful fall on campus and on the playing field.”
“Our players have worked extremely hard to adjust to the “New Way” of playing, and have adjusted to the masks, symptom checks required and protocols set in place to play this fall. I am extremely proud of how these young men have handled themselves as they go about their everyday life in a unique time. They deserve this opportunity and the strong leadership provided from West Texas A&M University and the Texas A&M University System have made it possible.”
The schedule was as follows:
|September 19||Oklahoma Panhandle State||Canyon|
|October 3||Stephen F. Austin||Nagadoches|
|October 17||Abilene Christian||Abilene|
|october 31||North American||Canyon|
Director of Athletics, Michael McBroom said, “Our goal since March has been to return to play in a safe manner at the appropriate time. I credit to our Sports Medicine and Athletic Performance staff for leading the efforts in establishing new protocols, monitoring the health of our student-athletes over the last 5 ½ months. I also want to recognize the efforts of our coaches and student-athletes who have taken our protocols seriously and have put us in a position to compete this season and to do so within the guidelines established by the CDC, State of Texas and the NCAA. Their strong desire to play has fueled the administrative team in our pursuit of playing opportunities for our students.”
McBroom also shared his thoughts on the spring season.
“I have concerns about playing a football schedule in the spring, especially when combined each of our other programs playing at the same time. I could not see any schedule that would align with our health and safety standards, nor for the long-range aspirations we have for our football program, ” said McBroom.
You can hear what coach Hughes has to say about the thought of playing spring football in the video below.
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