(Youngstown) - The Youngstown State football team will not participate in non-conference competition this fall, the YSU Athletic Department announced on Monday.
Athletic Director Ron Strollo said the department's focus is to make sure that all Youngstown State student-athletes' mental and physical health remains a top priority.
"After much consideration we have decided that it's in the best interest of our football student-athletes and staff to not have competitions this fall," Strollo said. "At this point in time, planning for a spring season is the right decision. We will work with our coaches and student-athletes to do our best to make that happen."
First-year Head Coach Doug Phillips said he was disappointed there will be no football games until the spring, but he understands the obstacles of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We preach every day to thrive in all situations so we will use our time this fall to work together to become a better football program," Phillips said. "We will continue to support our student-athletes in everything and our expectations for them to represent YSU in a positive manner on and off the field will not change."
Youngstown State, and all Missouri Valley Football Conference schools, were given the option to play non-conference contests when the MVFC announced it was moving league games to the spring of 2021 on Aug. 7. The Penguins were scheduled to play at Akron, and host Duquesne and Eastern Kentucky in September. The Akron contest was cancelled on Aug. 8.
More information will be made available in the future for Penguins football season-ticket holders regarding options for the games moved to the spring