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University of St. Thomas football program moving forward after ouster from MIAC

Updated: August 13, 2019 05:02 PM

University of St. Thomas head football coach Glenn Caruso had mixed feelings during Tuesday's Media Day regarding the program's current status and future.

The Tommies are being removed involuntarily after the 2020-21 school year from their conference. That will end a 100 year tradition of playing in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

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"Initial thoughts: It's sad. Disappointed and I don't think I'm the only one to feel that way. I think a lot of people feel that way. Fortunate in some ways, because I know our administration fought very hard and very geniuinely to keep that together. But you've known me a long time and I'm not a backward looking kind of guy. We're always going to to everything we can, and we're looking forward. Although I'm sad, you can't dwell on it," said Caruso.

***To see an extended portion of Glenn Caruso's press conference from Tuesday, CLICK PLAY ABOVE***

St. Thomas finished the 2018 season at 8-2, but have been scrutinized over the years for beating teams too handily and running up the score. In some ways, St. Thomas seems to be getting penalized for being too successful in the MIAC conference.

"I cannot apologize for who we are as a program. These guys do it the right way selflessly, thoughtfully, lovingly for each other and if you can be the head coach of a football team that does that, I don't care what the scoreboard says, you've won," Caruso added.

St. Thomas will play Trinity International on September 7th at O'Shaughnessy Stadium at 1:10 p.m. to open its 2019 season.

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