HOUSTON – Mike McEachern was running errands on Friday morning.
The Huffman ISD athletic director and head football coach knew Harris County was set to make an announcement, which he thought could be "intriguing". As McEachern was trying to pull up the live video feed on his phone, he was having trouble viewing it.
Then his phone started blowing up with text messages.
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo had made the announcement that all public and non-religious private schools inside Harris County could not start face-to-face instruction until September 8, the Tuesday following Labor Day. This meant no athletics in August.
For Huffman, a Class 4A program, which sits about a quarter of a mile inside the Harris County line, this meant what the University Interscholastic League had announced on Tuesday - which gave Class 4A programs and down the clearance to start practice and games on time - was now a moot point just days later.
"It's just a kick in the teeth," McEachern said. "The hardest thing right now is we can't get the kids together and continue our strength and conditioning."
The Class 4A and down football and volleyball teams had been cleared by UIL to start practice on Aug. 3 with games on Aug. 10 for volleyball and Aug. 27 for football. Cross country and team tennis had been cleared for first meets and matches to be held Aug. 17.
Those dates are all shifted for Huffman, which is the only school in District 10-4A-DI that falls within the Harris County line.