Dayton football deals with the new normal

Flyers coaches working long distance with players amid Covid-19

Dayton football deals with changing times during Covid-19

Dayton, ohio — College football teams are supposed to be in the middle of spring practice right now, but social distancing really doesn’t work for football. One thing this “new normal” has done for now is close the gap between the big schools like Ohio State and the smaller programs like the Dayton Flyers.

“Those large schools they have all the staff that they need and all of the facilities they need, but that’s of no use to them right now,” Flyers head coach Rick Chamberlin said. “Everybody is doing the best they can at their homes to try and find the best way to stay sharp mentally and stay as good as possible physically.”

Dayton coaches are asking players to get creative in their workouts at home, even if they might not have the type of equipment they have at the state-of-the-art facility of campus.

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“One young man was telling me Lowe’s was hiring,” Chamberlin said. “So he went and got a job carrying bags of mulch from one place to another there, just to work on some physical development.”

The Flyers have already canceled their spring game which was set for Saturday, April 19. The Season is set to kick off on Thursday, September 3 at Southeast Missouri.