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Jan. 15 Sports updates: Portland State football won't play full spring schedule

PSU football update — In a change of direction that makes complete sense, the Portland State football program announced Friday, Jan. 15, it will not participate in the spring Big Sky Conference football season.

Citing the limited time to prepare after nearly a year away from team activities, Portland State announced it would be open to playing a couple of games in April. The Vikings were scheduled to begin a six-game season Feb. 27 against Eastern Washington

"We have been out of competition and practice for nearly a year and to get our team ready by a scheduled Feb. 27 game doesn't make sense," PSU coach Bruce Barnum said. "Playing potential games in April and preparing for the 2021 season makes more sense for the safety of our team."

Montana and Montana State also have announced that they will not play the Big Sky spring schedule or participate in the FCS playoffs this spring. Sacramento State announced last year that it will not play football again until the regular 2021 fall season.

As of Jan. 15, nine Big Sky Conference programs remained committed to playing a spring conference season.

Portland State players only recently returned to campus. The Vikings begin their football conditioning program next week, the first time since last March the team has done formal training of any kind.

Practice will begin in two or three weeks, pending medical evaluations of players.

The NCAA extended eligibility by a year, so players who were seniors in 2020 are eligible to play in the fall of 2021 if they choose.

Other Portland State fall sports — women's soccer, volleyball and cross country — intend to play a spring schedule.

• Portland State volleyball — The Vikings have added setter Ally Wada, a Hawaii native who played two seasons at San Francisco where she was a starter in 2019. PSU is scheduled to open the Big Sky season Jan. 30-31 at home against Northern Arizona.

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