Dayton plans to hold a traditional spring practice season and return to competition in the fall. The decision to not play football in the spring does not mean UD will not compete in other spring sports, such as baseball and softball.
“Each one of the sports is in its own unique position,” Sullivan said.
The PFL cancelled the fall season in August and announced in November it would try to play in the spring.
Dayton completed a fall practice season in November. At that time, coach Rick Chamberlin said the team would have to walk a narrow path to pull of a season in the spring, including undergoing approximately 450 COVID-19 tests per week. Practice would have began in February. Instead, he informed the players Wednesday of the decision not to play in the spring.
“They’re competitive,” Chamberlin said. “They were disappointed. They want to play at any opportunity. They just want to play. I thought our administration kept our players informed on how things were progressing from the moment the PFL started talking about playing in the spring.”
Chamberlin said he didn’t know of any other PFL teams that were opting out. He said UD informed the league of its decision Tuesday, one day after the league held a virtual meeting with all the member schools. The league gave programs the opportunity to opt out when it made its last announcement about a possible spring season.
“We felt we had all the info we needed to make our decision,” Chamberlin said, “and to be fair to the PFL, we felt we needed to let them know so they can make plans.”