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Youngstown State has had enough

YOUNGSTOWN –Youngstown State University’s final football game of the spring season against North Dakota was canceled on Wednesday.

The Missouri Valley Football Conference announced the cancelation and said that Youngstown State informed the league it could not play the game on Saturday. The school said its players need to focus on academics.

“The efforts by our team and staff through this entire year have been incredible,” Youngstown State coach Doug Phillips said. “To play seven games this spring says a lot about their passion for football and commitment to our program. We look forward to finishing off this semester strong academically and will continue to work hard to be ready to go when fall camp starts in just three months.”

The contest between the Penguins and Fighting Hawks was originally scheduled for March 27, but was postponed the day before kickoff and rescheduled for April 17.

North Dakota (1-4) will share the league title with Missouri State and the winner of Saturday’s North Dakota State-South Dakota State game.

The 16-team FCS playoff bracket is set to be announced Sunday morning. The winner of the SDSU-NDSU game earns the league’s automatic berth into the postseason.

YSU began spring play on Feb. 21 at North Dakota State and has practiced for nearly three full months since preseason camp started in January. The Penguins finished 1-6 in the spring season.

YSU opens the fall slate on Thursday, Sept. 2, against Incarnate Word from the Southland Conference at Stambaugh Stadium.

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