Return of the Hose: Pioneer League Sets Six-Game Spring Football Slate

There will be football for the Blue Hose this season after all. That’s right, Presbyterian College and the rest of the Pioneer League have announced a six-game spring season that will kick off in March.

The Pioneer League is made up of FCS programs, formerly known as Division I-AA. Given the lack of income those type of programs typically generate, the conference decided playing games in the middle of a pandemic wasn’t worth the risk.

But last month, the Pioneer League decided to go ahead and play in the spring and give their athletes a chance to compete and hold a season. A six-game schedule for each of the 10 programs was announced Thursday, with the fun kicking off March 13.

This is all part of a larger decision by the NCAA, as officials there decided to hold the 16-team FCS playoffs in April and May. The spring 2021 field will include automatic bids from each of the 11 FCS conferences, including the Pioneer League, as well as five at-large selections.

Along with Presbyterian, the following schools compete in the Pioneer League: San Diego, Dayton, Drake, Davidson, Marist, Stetson, Morehead State, Butler, Jacksonville and Valparaiso.

It’s spring football. It’s great for the schools, coaches, athletes and fans. And it all will lead to one of the most inspiring cheers in all of college football — “Let’s Go Hose!”

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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