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MVFC still on course

Strollo: YSU football, others seeking full season in 2020

The Patriot League and Ivy League have canceled fall sports.

On Thursday, Fox Sports reporter Bruce Feldman said the Colonial Athletic Association will announce today the league will not be playing football this fall with other CAA teams because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic said there are no CAA league games, but anyone in the conference wanting to play an independent schedule can do so.

The CAA includes 2016 FCS champion James Madison, the national runner-up in 2017 and ’19 to North Dakota State University.

So far, NDSU and the other Missouri Valley Football Conference schools have not made a decision about their fall future. Youngstown State University is in the MVFC.

YSU Executive Director of Athletics Ron Strollo said he doesn’t expect a decision one way or another on the MVAC teams to be in the near future.

“I think we, as a group, are very committed to having a full season right now,” Strollo said. “We’ll continue to evaluate the national landscape and the situation with the virus as these weeks pass by.”

YSU is scheduled to start the season Sept. 5 at Akron before its two non-conference games, Sept. 12 vs. Duquesne and Sept. 19 vs. Eastern Kentucky. Ironically, the Penguins first three games are against opponents closer than any MVFC opponent, which would be Indiana State — six-and-a-half hours away in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Despite the distance, Strollo said the MVFC is still interested in playing a full season, but knows things change daily in the world of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I don’t think we’re going to rush to a decision,” Strollo said. “If we can play all of our games, that would be great. If we have to play conference games, that would be the next step. We’re not to the point where we’re ready to make those decisions.”

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