SIOUX CITY — The Sioux City Bandits are leaving the Indoor Football League and will apparently announce plans for a new league affiliation later this week.
The Bandits departure from the IFL was reported Sunday by The Tri-City Herald, based in Kennewick, Wash., in a story indicating seven teams are leaving a sprawling league that will now have 21 teams.
Bob Scott, the general manager/managing partner of the Bandits, wouldn’t go into detail about the future of his team when contacted Monday afternoon.
“We are playing football (in 2010-11),” stated Scott, who said an announcement will be made this week to announce the name of the new league and also'the team’s new head coach.
Tommie Williams coached Sioux City to a 4-8 record a year ago, before leaving with two games left in the regular season. Assistant coaches Jarrod DeGeorgia and Erv Strohbeen led the team to losses in their two subsequent starts.
The new coach will become the 11th in the history of a franchise heading into its 12th season and its fifth different league.
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Indoor football began here with the Sioux City Attack, which'competed in the old Indoor Football League in the spring and summer of 2000.
The Attack became the Bandits in 2001 and the squad competed in the National Indoor Football League (NIFL) from 2001-04.
The Bandits joined United Indoor Football (UIF) in 2005 and lost 40-38 to the Sioux Falls Storm in the league’s championship game that season at the Tyson Events Center.
In August of 2008, UIF and the Intense Football League merged to form the Indoor Football League. Fifteen teams were involved in the merger.
Billings, which has won the IFL’s last two championships, is also among the departing teams. According to the Herald’s story, Montana Professional Sports, which owned the Billings Outlaws, announced Oct. 8 it was ceasing operations due to a disagreement with county commissioners.
Franchises from West Michigan, San Angelo (Texas), Austin (Texas), Rochester (N.Y.) and Maryland are also out.