Lopers announce 4-game football schedule starting in Oct. 31

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska-Kearney has announced a four-game nonconference football schedule beginning Oct. 31.

A scheduling alliance with other Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association teams will account for two games. The other games are against Chadron State and South Dakota Mines.

“This gives our football student-athletes an opportunity to compete in a few contests this fall. Our students and coaches are better off engaging in activities together,” UNK athletics director Marc Bauer said Monday. “Studies demonstrate that participation in sports has many significant benefits, such as improved academic achievement, high energy levels and a focused mindset. We want to provide the best possible experience and opportunities for our student-athletes to succeed and do it safely.”

UNK, which began practice last week, will host Chadron State (Nov. 7) and Missouri Western State (Nov. 21) and travel to Pittsburg State (Oct. 31) and South Dakota Mines (Nov. 14). Both Chadron State and SDMT are members of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

UNK and its opponents will be tested for COVID-19 once a week, per NCAA resocialization rules. UNK Athletics also has a daily COVID screening process that has taken place since June 1. Fans will be allowed to attend games in Kearney, with more information and policies to be announced later. Each school may have different attendance policies.

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