Quincy University Introduces New Sprint Football Program

Quincy University is thrilled to announce the kickoff of its sprint football program, adding to its diverse array of 21 varsity sports teams. The Hawks are set to begin competing in an independent athletic conference for sprint football starting in the fall of 2022.

Sprint football, a sport that prioritizes agility and quickness over raw strength, has been a staple in collegiate athletics for almost a century. Traditionally limited to colleges and universities along the East Coast, the sport focuses on speed rather than size, with players adhering to a prescribed weight limit. For instance, in the modern incarnation of the game, players are required to weigh in at 178 pounds or less.

Josh Rabe, QU’s director of intercollegiate athletics, emphasized the inclusive nature of sprint football, stating, “Sprint football will make varsity, intercollegiate football available to hundreds of talented players in the Midwest and Upper South who don’t currently have access to a version of the sport that matches their size, quickness and athleticism.”

Quincy University will be joining five other private colleges and universities in the Midwest and Upper South as founding members of the newly established Midwest Sprint Football League (MSFL). The charter members of the MSFL include Bellarmine University (Kentucky), Calumet College of St. Joseph (Indiana), Fontbonne University (Missouri), Midway University (Kentucky), Quincy University (Illinois), and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (Indiana).

The introduction of sprint football as a separate varsity sport will complement QU’s existing NCAA Division II football team. This move will position QU as the singular university in the Midwest, and one of the few in the United States, to sponsor two distinct varsity football programs.

Brian McGee, Ph.D., QU president, expressed, “We believe that sprint football will address an unmet need of talented high school student-athletes in Illinois, the Tri-States, and much of Middle America. Giving underserved student-athletes an opportunity to benefit from QU’s Success by Design program and to experience an outstanding Catholic and Franciscan higher education is consistent with our mission and our values.”

While sprint football has conventionally been associated with the East Coast-based Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL), the formation of the MSFL marks a significant development in the sport’s history. This emerging league will be only the second independent athletic conference dedicated to sponsoring sprint football.

Furthermore, QU president Brian McGee, Ph.D., will serve on the MSFL Board of Governors, while Josh Rabe, QU’s director of intercollegiate athletics, will be one of two athletic directors on the MSFL Executive Committee.

Quincy University, established in 1860 by Franciscan friars, is committed to providing a diverse range of academic programs and fostering values-driven education. With this latest addition to their sporting lineup, the university is set to further enrich the experience and opportunities for student-athletes. For more information about Quincy University and its programs, visit www.quincy.edu or contact the Office of Community Relations at (217) 228-5275 or communityrelations@quincy.edu.

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