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Norwich football coach talks lost season

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Last week, the Norwich Purple Tornado became the second Section IV athletics program to cancel the fall season.

NORWICH (WBNG) - Last week, the Norwich Purple Tornado became the second Section IV athletics program to postponethe fall season.

Mike Chrystie is the long time coach of the Purple Tornado, but for the first time in his tenure he will not be coaching football this fall.

"It is just one in those several generation things that is preventing us from playing," said Norwich head coach Mike Chrystie.

Instead, Chrystie had the tough task of breaking the news to his players.

"I can't imagine what they are going through. I'm their coach and I'm struggling with it so I can't imagine being a player," said Chrystie.

He tells 12 Sports the hardest part was talking to his seniors who may have lost their final season before it even began.

"I have no magic words for them. I tell them that I'm there for them and that I love them and if they need anything to let me know," said Chrystie.

Chrystie said he is proud to be a part of a program that had to make an extremely tough decision, but it was one intended to look out for the health of its students.

"Our administration here at Norwich does a great job thinking of the health and safety of all our students, and they came to this conclusion and it was conveyed to me and I just thank them for communicating that to everybody."

Now their attention turns to a spring season, and holding out hope they can get back on the field.

Jacob Seus

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