Storm Have Until July 31st to Determine Future in I-F-L
by Mark Ovenden
July 18, 2012 6:48 PM
The Sioux Falls Storm did release all but 2 of their players Monday night. Now owner Todd Tryon has until July 31st to inform the I-F-L if he intends to remain in the league. Several teams had indicated that they might leave the I-F-L if Sioux Falls remained. So in response to that, Tryon wiped the roster almost entirely clean last night knowing that he could re-sign the majority of them for next year if indeed the Storm remain the league and he remains the team's owner.
That included MVP quarterback Chris Dixon who wasn't happy to be released but wasn't surprised after exit meetings earlier this week. He wants to return because he really enjoys playing ball in Sioux Falls.
Chris Dixon:"Do I want to be a Storm? I do, I love it here, my kids love it here, we love everything about Sioux Falls. The fans have been great, they've always been supportive no matter what we've been through. So of course I would love to be here, but that's not my decision to make right now. It's the team's and whatever and whatever they're gonna do and I hope everything works out..."
But it's not just a problem with the league. Head coach Kurtiss Riggs is also debating whether or not to return and if he does things will have to change because the off-the-field things that happened to Storm players is not something he wants to be a part of in the future.
Kurtiss Riggs:"I think it needs to be known that we weren't happy with the way things went off the field this year and it's one thing to clear the roster and maybe look at bringing guys back with it clearly being known that character first. That doesn't mean a lot of guys won't be back. But it means that there will be stipulations as they sign on that they know first and foremost it's gonna be character and then what they do on the field..."
So July 31st is the key date right now. That's when Tryon needs to inform the league if he intends to remain the the I-F-L. Then Riggs will have to decide if he is returning as head coach and players like Chris Dixon, who is still enjoying the perfect season despite being released, can make a decision regarding his future with the team. He appreciates the move by Tryon because it releases all of the players from their 1-year contracts and allows them to find a team well before December.