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Stetson football season delayed, nonconference games eliminated

Stetson’s upcoming football season has been drastically altered after the Pioneer Football League announced it is eliminating all nonconference games and delaying the start of the season until at least Sept. 26. The moves were made in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The Pioneer Football League’s Presidents Council has determined PFL fall schedules will not include any nonconference competition and, if conducted, a conference-only schedule will not begin before September 26,” the league said in a statement released Monday afternoon.

The Hatters’ season opener against Ave Maria University at Spec Martin Memorial Stadium on Sept. 5 had already been canceled when the NAIA decided it would not begin fall competition until Sept.