Dayton Flyers opt out of spring Pioneer Football League season

DAYTON — Following the cancellation of their 2020 fall season, the Dayton Flyers have chosen not to participate in a spring 2021 football season due to “current severe status” of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to university athletic officials.

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After cancelling the Pioneer Football League season in August, the league agreed to a six-game, conference-only season that would start in the spring. However at the time, the league presidents reserved the right for individual institutions to opt out of the season at any time.

Rather than playing in the spring season, the Flyers will conduct traditional practices and prepare for a fall season.

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“(Athletic Director) Neil Sullivan and I considered a myriad of complex COVID-related factors that influenced our decision to focus on the fall of 2021,″ Flyers Head Coach Rick Chamberlin said in a statement Wednesday.

“In total and together, we felt this was the best decision for our football program. We look forward to quality winter and spring development programs and we are excited about the fall 2021 season.”

The Flyers, a founding member of the PFL, are the first of the 11-member conference to choose to not play the spring season.