Iowa Wesleyan football moved to spring

The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference announced Thursday that the conference would follow many of its NCAA Division III counterparts and move certain “high risk” sports to the spring in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. One of those “high-risk” sports is football, the one sport that Iowa Wesleyan plans within the conference.

The UMAC COUncil of Presidents and Chancellors voted to modify the timing of conference compeitoin and championships for football, men and women’s soccer and volleyball. That means the IW football season will take place in the Spring in 2021 instead of this fall.

The Tiger football team was all set to take the field under the leadership of new coach M.D. Daniels, who promised IW fans to bring the popular “air raid” offense back to Mt. Pleasant. The Tigers were set to open up the 2020 season at home against Greenville University on Sept. 19.

IW had already gotten word from the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference that the voleyball and men and women’s soccer seasons would be moved to spring. IW will still have cross-country and golf in the fall.

The Union will continue to update readers as a new schedule is laid out.