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University of Saint Francis football season moved to spring 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - The University of Saint Francis will move its football schedule to spring 2021.

According to officials, the NAIA moved all national championship tournaments for fall sports to spring.

All USF competitions will adapt to updated COVID-19 information.

USF officials say they will continue to operate athletic competition under the guidelines and recommendations of the NAIA, the Crossroads League, and the Mid-States Football Association.

According to officials, the football team will have fall practices and possibly a scrimmage, but no official games.

Volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s cross country teams are expected to have fall contests as the Crossroads League continues with its plans for those sports.

All schedules will be available at saintfranciscougars.com as they are finalized. Changes may continue to occur as conferences and schools update their plans.

"We are committed to providing the safest environment for our student-athletes to compete. Moving our football schedule to the spring allows us to continue gaining insight and knowledge on how best to do that. We are excited that our student-athletes get the chance to compete this fall in many sports, while also looking toward NAIA championships and a football season in the spring.” 

Mike McCaffrey, USF Director of Athletics

Officials say spectators will be required to wear a face-covering at all indoor events, as well as outdoor events where proper social distancing is not possible. Further procedures for spectators will follow local health department recommendations. 

Beginning Aug. 15, university officials say student-athletes may practice consistent with any health and safety protocols for all fall sports. Parkview Sports Medicine has provided guidelines for USF to follow for meetings, practices and team activities.

NAIA competition start date for all sports except football is September 5, 2020 and the Football start date for competition is slated for September 12, 2020.

Emilia Miles

Emilia Miles joined Fort Wayne’s NBC in September 2019 as a Social Media and Digital Content Manager. Emilia also serves as a producer. She’s a Fort Wayne native and graduated from Indiana University.

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