The University of Dayton football program has announced that it will not participate in the 2021 spring Pioneer Football League season.
In November, the PFL endorsed a plan to play a six-game season to be played this spring. At the time the season was announced, the PFL acknowledged that individual programs may choose to opt out.
Dayton plans to engage in a traditional spring football offseason and focus on preparing for the fall.
"Our AD Neil Sullivan and I considered a myriad of complex COVID-related factors that influenced our decision to focus on the fall of 2021. First and foremost was the physiological demands of football and the experience of our student-athletes," said Flyer head coach Rick Chamberlin in a statement on Dayton’s website. "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."
Dayton is a founding member of the PFL.