Quincy University is adding sprint football to its roster of varsity sports.

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Sprint football features a weight limit for all players. That limit is set at 178 pounds. Otherwise, playing rules are the same as for the rest of college football. Sprint football has been around since the mid-1930s on the east coast. Quincy and five other private colleges in the Midwest and Upper South will be charter members of the Midwest Sprint Football League. Play is to begin in the fall of 2022. Other charter members of the MSFL are Bellarmine, Calumet College of St. Joseph Indiana, Fontbonne in St. Louis, Midway University in Kentucky and St. Mary-Of-The-Woods in Indiana.

Sprint football will be a separate varsity sport from Quincy’s NCAA Division II team. Sprint football is not an NCAA sport. Quincy will be one of a handful of universities in the United States with two varsity football programs. Plans are to hire a head football coach for this program by the end of this summer.

University President Prian McGee says;

“We believe that sprint football will address an unmet need of talented high school athletes in Illinois, the Tri-States and much of middle America.

Sprint football evolved on the east coast and was previously sponsored only by the Collegiate Sprint Football League. CSFL member institutions include the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy, Cornell University, Mansfield University, Alderson Broaddus University and the University of Pennsylvania.

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