CHARLESTON—The Annual North/South All-Star Football Classic at South Charleston High School isn’t going to happen after all.
After a thorough review of the current COVID-19 situation, the Executive Committee of the West Virginia State Coaches Association (WVSACA) has decided to cancel the 2020 contest, which had already been rescheduled for 12:00pm on July 11th. This will mark the first year that the game won’t be played dating all the way back to 1975.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the committee stated that “we simply must put the health and safety of everyone involved ahead of our desire to host this very special event. This decision was made after consultation with many different governmental agencies and our legal representation.“
Due to the pandemic, several logistical changes would have had been made to the busy week leading up to the game. This included (but was not limited to), changing the housing venue, changing meal services, practice locations, and special team-building activities throughout the week.
“The Executive Committee would like to recognize the tireless efforts of North-South Football Game Director Bob Mullett. He works every day exploring ways to have this game and provide a special experience for the players. We extend our thoughts to the players selected, both coaching staffs, and other professionals involved in the game. This has been a very difficult spring for West Virginia’s student-athletes who have had to miss out on so many special events.”
The committee will be presenting the players with their practice jersey, courtesy of the West Virginia State Police, along with their game jersey, and a North-South player certificate.
The Executive Committee of the WVSACA is comprised of notable coaches around the state, including
Jodi Mote (St. Mary’s), Ross Robinson (Clay Battelle), Jamie Tallman (Union Grant), Ralph Hensley (East
Bank/Riverside), Daran Hays (North Marion), Wes Eddy (Hedgesville/Washington), Charles Maynard
(Princeton), Brad Dingess (Spring Valley), John Kelley (University), Mark Montgomery
(Independence/Liberty-Raleigh), Justin Hensley (John Marshall), and Bob Mullett, North-South Game Director.