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YSU won’t play MVFC teams this fall

ST. LOUIS — The Missouri Valley Football Conference abandoned its league schedule on Friday night following the Football Championship Subdivision Big Sky and Pioneer Football League’s lead earlier in the day.

The MVFC, which includes Youngstown State University, plans to play a full eight-game spring league schedule with the expectation to culminate the season with the FCS Playoffs.

“Without question the most important part of our decision-making process was listening to our student-athletes and hearing their feelings,” stated Jim Tressel, chair of the MVFC Presidents Council and President at Youngstown State University. “What we clearly heard was that they want to play this year for a chance to participate in the FCS playoffs. It’s great to know that they believe we are taking all the steps necessary to keep them safe in the process. All 11 MVFC teams weighed in with their positions on the options we considered, and all thoughts and concerns guided our thinking.”

The MVFC left open the possiblity for its members to play non-league games this fall if it is deemed viable.

The Penguins are scheduled to play at Akron on Sept. 5 while playing host to Duquesne (Sept. 12) and Eastern Kentucky (Sept. 19) at Stambaugh Stadium. Information on those three contests will be released in the near future according to YSU.

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