NORMAL, IL. (WAND-TV) -- Illinois State University football Head Coach Brock Spack announced Sunday night that the Redbirds' remaining 2021 spring football season has been canceled in an effort to protect the health and safety of the players.

The decision was also made in an effort to ensure their readiness for the upcoming 2021 Fall 11-game schedule.

“I have wrestled with this decision for a couple weeks now, but I feel like it’s a necessary move to protect our player’s health and safety and their ability to be ready come this fall,” ISU head coach Brock Spack said in a press release. “Injuries at key positions, especially on the defensive line where we suffered two more setbacks yesterday, have made it nearly impossible for us to play this week and extremely difficult for us to compete in the remaining four games. We appreciate all the support and hard work put in by so many in the ISU Athletics Department and on campus to get us to this point during these challenging times.”

The Redbirds will issue refunds for tickets purchased for the remaining two home games at ISU. 

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