St. Scholastica announced Friday that the Saints will forego the upcoming UMAC spring football season to concentrate on the fall.

“Player safety and readiness for fall of 2021 is our top priority going forward, which is why we have decided to not compete during the spring season,” coach Mike Heffernan said in a release. “Playing a spring season and turning around to play a full season in two months or so is not something we feel is the best route for our athletes.”

Heffernan said the Saints will instead focus on player development. The Saints will use the rest of the semester to prepare for next fall's move to the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC).

St. Scholastica was scheduled to participate in a five-game UMAC schedule beginning early April and ending in early May. Instead, the Saints will have a traditional spring practice season, but unlike traditional spring ball, the team has the option of playing with pads during practices.

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