Gov. Lee exempts contact sports from executive order, allowing prep football and girls' soccer seasons to start on time

Staff photo by Robin Rudd / Tyner defenders tackle Howard's Eric Johnson during a game at Howard on Sept. 14, 2019.

After weeks of uncertainty, high school contact sports teams in Tennessee were finally given the green light to begin preparing for their seasons.

During a Tuesday evening press conference to announce his reopening plan for Tennessee schools, Gov. Bill Lee also issued Executive Order No. 55 to allow contact sports to resume, which would put the state's prep football and girls' soccer programs back on their original schedule provided they follow TSSAA requirements.

Last week the TSSAA approved a proposal that would allow contact sports - football and girls' soccer - to return to the original practice schedule as well as their regular-season game schedules provided Gov. Lee exempted those sports from his state of emergency order that had been issued in late June. The state of emergency order runs through Aug.