UAlbany Football Opts-Out Of Remainder Of Spring Season
The University of Albany Football has announced that they will opt-out of their two remaining games this Spring season. The decision was made public in a press release from the university earlier today. The Great Danes were scheduled to play at #8 Delaware on April 3 and at home against #16 Villanova on April 10. The team says they decided to opt-out due to "a focus on the health and safety of the team's student-athletes due to the high number of injuries on the roster."
UAlbany Athletic Director Mark Benson and Head Coach Greg Gattuso issued comments in a press release earlier today:
"After conversations with Coach Gattuso, the football leadership group, our athletic trainers, and our president, we have concluded that it is in the best interests of the health of our football student-athletes to opt out of the remainder of our season," said Director of Athletics Mark Benson. "Our student-athletes have done a tremendous job following all of our health and safety protocols this season, and this decision is not directly related to COVID-19. Rather, it was made based on the extraordinary amount of injuries that have occurred this season and the overall health of our football program."
"We are all competitive people and have done everything in our power to play a full spring season," said head football coach Greg Gattuso. "While disappointed we won't see that happen, we are fully supportive of this decision. It all comes down to the health and safety of our student-athletes. I am so proud of our team for their efforts complying with all safety protocols and University guidelines dating back to the Fall semester and up to this point."
The Great Danes will return to action against FCS powerhouse North Dakota State on September 4th and 1045 The Team ESPN Radio will continue to be the radio flagship station of Great Danes football.