Union County decides not to take football team independent

Nov. 16, 2016: Union County High School leaders have decided not to move the football team to independent status.

UNION COUNTY - Union County High School has decided not to take its football team independent next year, Superintendent Jimmy Carter told WBIR 10News Wednesday. 

The district submitted a request to the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association seeking independent status for its football team in October. But after new district alignments were released last week, Union County decided to stay with TSSAA, Carter said. 

Union County lost all 10 of its games this season, and is on a losing streak dating back to September 2014. The school has also struggled to have enough players to field a team. 

With the realigned districts, Carter said he feels Union County is now in a district where they can be more competitive with the other teams. The district's teams are "more in our caliber," he said. 

Union County was scheduled to meet with TSSAA on Thursday, but they have now been taken off the meeting agenda. 

Carter said they hope to make a decision about a new head football coach in the next one to two weeks. 

"Do it early enough to put someone in place to start workouts," he said. "I feel better about doing it in this stage of the game." 

(© 2016 WBIR)


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