CHICAGO – After six years of playing in the Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) Mideast League, the Saint Xavier University football team will move back to the Midwest League for at least the 2013 and 2014 campaigns. SXU was one of the charter members of the MSFA back when the league formed in April 1993 and spent a majority of the program's history playing in the Midwest League before realignment prior to the 2007 season moved the Cougars over to the Mideast League. Saint Xavier also released its 2013 schedule on its website this week. Some of the highlights for the upcoming season include an opener at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field against 2012 NAIA National Champion Marian University (Ind.) on September 7 and a big Homecoming match-up against No. 17 Grand View University (Iowa) on October 5.
"This might be the most challenging schedule we've had in a long time, but it will be fun to get back in the Midwest League and renew our rivalries with schools like Saint Ambrose and William Penn," said Saint Xavier University football coach Mike Feminis. "From a competitive standpoint, we still get to play crossover games with our two biggest rivals in the Mideast in Marian (Ind.) and Saint Francis (Ind.), but then to top it off we're playing the University of Indianapolis, who was a NCAA Division II playoff team a year ago. This schedule should give our guys plenty of motivation to work hard this winter."
The entire 2013 schedule can currently be viewed on the SXU at the following link: http://www.sxucougars.com/schedule/11/5.php The 11-game slate kicks off against No. 1 Marian (Ind.) at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 7, and wraps up with a 1 p.m. conference game against Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) in Bourbonnais, Ill., on Saturday, November 16.