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Postponed Bronze Boot Football Match

EDWARDSVILLE – When the NCAA moved football from its traditional fall season to “spring,” which actually started in the middle of winter, more than a few eyebrows were raised. Maybe the weather could be an issue.

But the switch to a shorter season starting in February was made due to the coronavirus pandemic and many have said something was better than no season at all. So when SIUE (1-0) and Saint Louis University (2-1) decided to postpone this year’s Bronze Shoe game due to the weather, Cougars coach Cale Wassermann took it on. in the process.

“It’s understandable,” Wassermann said. “We’re still looking at possible rescheduling dates.

“But even if we do manage to play it this spring, it will have a very different feel.”

Different feeling indeed.

Due to NCAA restrictions, there would be a minimum number of fans at the game, which had been set for 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at SLU’s Hermann Stadium.

“We would always love to play Saint Louis U. whenever we have the chance,” said Wassermann. “But with the way the schedule is right now and the other schools being in the same situation, there is a possibility that we won’t play it this spring, but rather in the fall.

“I think that with the way people get vaccinated there is a chance that things will be more normal by the fall.”

This spring’s matches are counted as the 2020 season, just postponed. The NCAA is hoping the fall 2021 season can go smoothly and include the usual number of games and playoffs.

Wassermann also said conference schedules will be taken into account first when rescheduling matches. SIUE is in its final season in the Mid-American Conference and will return to the Missouri Valley Conference next season. Saint Louis U. is part of the Atlantic 10 conference.

“It becomes a snowball effect,” said Wassermann. “Every team has conference games they need to participate and non-conference games come second. Teams should prioritize their conference games.

SIUE, who won their opener at Butler on February 5, did so on a full-size indoor court. The only field similar to this would be the indoor soccer field at the old Rams Park in Earth City, Missouri. This facility is now owned by Lou Fusz Athletic and is used for soccer and club football. The indoor turf field is marked for three smaller football fields that go side by side on the former St. Louis NFL team’s training ground.

Due to recent inclement weather, the Cougars trained inside the Sports Academy, an indoor football facility located near the SIUE campus. However, there is no full-size field available there.

“We haven’t been on a large pitch to train in a while,” said Wassermann. “It’s very different.”

The Cougars’ next game is scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m. against Evansville University at Korte Stadium.

“We’re basically always focused on ourselves,” Wassermann said of the preparations for Sunday’s game. “We are still preparing our team for the year. We have enough to focus on ourselves.

Following Sunday’s game against Evansville, the Cougars are scheduled to play at Missouri State on March 1, followed by a MAC home game against Western Michigan. Five more conference games are scheduled for March and four for April.

The final game of the spring schedule is against West Virginia on April 18.