Pitt State announces new fall football schedule
The Gorillas expect to play five games in October and November.
PITTSBURG, Kan. – Pittsburg State football has announced dates for four games this fall, with the expectation of adding a fifth.
“At Pitt State, we never wavered on trying to make this work,” says PSU Athletics Director Jim Johnson.
After months of uncertainty, the announcement finally gives the Gorillas something to look forward to in their first year under head coach Brian Wright.
“We’re excited to be able to tell our team good news for once,” Wright says, “Every time we would have a team meeting the last few months it seems like we were telling them things they couldn’t do.”
“It’s nice to get back out here, get the pads on and start running around a little bit,” says senior linebacker Kaden Roy, “Just seeing everybody out here it brings a whole new excitement.”
“When you see light at the end of the tunnel, it certainly motivates you,” Wright adds.
The Gorillas plan to play five games this fall with two against MIAA rivals Nebraska-Kearney and Missouri Western.
“We were fortunately able to get with Missouri Western and Nebraska-Kearney and come up with a way to put a schedule together, and also add some games to that,” Johnson says.
“We know we have so much room for improvement as a football team,” Wright says of getting game experience with his team, “We’re excited to work on that and to get better and develop as players and coaches and get our football team game-ready.”
The MIAA suspended the fall season back in August, citing, among other things, COVID-19 testing requirements from the NCAA.
“We’ve been comfortable with it all along,” Johnson says of the testing requirements, “We’ve had a good plan in place to do that, and we’ve had that plan in place for a little while. That’s not been a hurdle for us like it’s been for some others. Unfortunately, I think that’s probably why some other schools aren’t able to play, because they’re not as fortunate as we are in terms of how that’s set up here. I wish they did, because I wish we could all play.”
As far as fan attendance and procedures for those games, Johnson says that’s still a work in progress.
“We have some initial plans. We have to solidify those and submit those to the county health department and they’ll have to sign off on those plans,” Johnson says, “They’ve been great to work with. As soon as we know what it will look like, we’ll release that. We’re still a few weeks away from being able to do that.”
Below is the Gorillas’ current schedule for fall 2020:
October 31st – vs. Nebraska-Kearney (1 PM)
November 7th – @ Missouri Western (3 PM)
November 14th – @ Stephen F. Austin (4 PM)
November 2st – TBA home game
November 28th – @ West Texas A&M (TBA)