(8-10-22) Bleak is the current situation for the high school football team in Urbana. It was announced this week that the Tigers have decided to cancel another varsity football season.

Tweet below from yesterday….

School District statement –

“The Coaching staff at Urbana High School has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2022 varsity football season. After evaluating the roster numbers during this week’s practices, the decision was made that there are not enough players to safely support a varsity season.

The high school will turn its focus to a JV-only season. This decision was made with safety in mind, while also providing an opportunity for our student-athletes to continue to develop their skills.”

Urbana’s listed enrollment on the IHSA website is listed at 1,177 students, larger then most schools who have cancelled a season due to low numbers.

It is not the first time the Tigers have cancelled a season, Urbana didn’t play any of its permitted six games during the condensed spring 2021 season due to COVID.

They opened the 2021 fall season with a 65-0 loss to Centennial, after that loss they cancelled their remaining varsity season and played a JV schedule. Plans call for a JV schedule to be played this season as well.

Urbana made a coaching change last week, hiring Curtis Blanden Sr. after the resignation of Edmund Jones.

The Tigers are members of the Big 12 Conference:

2022 Cancelled Season