DANSVILLE — There have been a lot of rumors going around concerning the Dansville high school football program.

Stay in Livingston/Genesee Region Division I with Hornell, Bath, Livonia, Batavia, among others while the numbers remain "borderline" at best for supporting a strong program. There was also talk of merging with a neighboring district to boost the numbers, but timing was another issue and no assistance along those lines was available this fall.

Another was "eight-man football" ... I've asked several people about this and they knew about as much about it as I did. Nothing! Would there be some consideration to "switch divisions" ... but apparently that too fell on deaf ears.

In a memo released to "Members of the Mustang Football Community" Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul J. Alioto announced that due to the challenges involved in revitalizing the football program, the Mustangs have announced that they will be playing an "independent" schedule. According to the memo, it means, "more evenly matched competition, more interest from more student athletes, increased competitiveness, and traveling to some new destinations as well." 

The note quickly addressed the issue of Junior Varsity and Modified teams as well. They will remain in the Livingston/Genesee Region. There's expected to be about 20 student athletes at each level (grade 7-8/modified, grade 9-10/Junior Varsity, and 11-12th grade/Varsity). In running the three levels of competition Dansville seeks to retain more student athletes.

Additional details can be obtained from athletic director Rob VanScoter or Coach Rich Welch, (585) 335-4000.

In seeking more competitiveness, this seems to be a good move instead of literally getting physically beat up and discouraging many athletes who might consider playing. Injuries can certainly take the few numbers down to dangerous levels very quickly.

Who will Dansville play? I'm sure the Mustang brass is working on that as you read this. One thing I noticed was that when Wayland-Cohocton submitted its football schedule, I didn't see Dansville on it. In a brief note to the red & black camp it seems like that rivalry game may not become a reality this year. That certainly doesn't rule it out for the future.

As for now, its seems highly unlikely there will be a Wayland-Cohocton vs. Dansville game at the varsity level. So what does the Mustang varsity football schedule look like?

Well, all I can say is ..."stay tuned!"