SAN LOUIS OBISPO – Cal Poly announced today that it will forgo the remainder of the 2020-21 spring football season, effective immediately.
We made this decision because of the high number of serious injuries to our players finishing the season, said Cal Poly athletic director Don Oberhelman. In addition, many seniors have notified us of their decision to move their recruitment from the spring semester to the fall in order to play a full fall season.
Of the 110 student-athletes, Cal Poly will only have 49 participate on Saturday, which is below the Big Sky minimum.
Cal Poly’s 2020-21 spring season included the second half of the winter quarter and the first three weeks of the spring quarter, which began Monday, the 29th. The month of March is beginning.
The health, safety and well-being of our student football players were the sole factors in our decision to end the season early – a decision made after careful consideration with members of our coaching staff, President Armstrong, the university administration and the medical staff, Oberhelman said. This allows our young men to stay safe and prepare academically and athletically for the fall 2021 season.
Coach Bo Baldwin’s first football team at Cal Poly began preparations for the spring schedule on January 29, but a few days later all team activities were halted for 17 days due to COVID-19 protocols, forcing the postponement of the first two games against UC Davis and Weber State.
Despite the closure of all events for this period and the shorter preparation time window, everyone in our program is committed to playing the Big Sky schedule this spring, Baldwin said. All members of our program remain committed, but I support this decision for the health and well-being of our students.
The Mustangs will not play their final away game at Northern Arizona this weekend, nor will they play their home game against UC Davis on the 10th. April and Weber State on the 17th. April.
Ultimately, the health and safety of our student-athletes should always be our top priority, Baldwin said. We look forward to recovery in the coming months and a memorable campaign in the fall of 2021.
A total of 29 NCAA Division I football teams, including five Big Sky teams – Montana, Montana State, Portland State, Northern Colorado and Sacramento State – refused to play in the spring football tournament before games began in mid-February. Several other teams around the country have seen their season end after just a few games.
Fans who bought tickets for the games on the 10th and/or 17th. April will receive an automatic refund. For questions, contact the Mustangs’ box office at (805)756-4849, via email at [email protected] or online at gopoly.com/sports/2020/6/4/tickets.aspx.
Cal Poly’s 2021 fall season starts on the 4th. September at the University of San Diego. The Mustangs’ home opener is scheduled for the 18th. September scheduled against South Dakota.
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