(Sioux Falls) The Sioux Falls Storm have dominated this level of indoor football. They've won six of the last eight titles. They had a 40-game win streak and most wins are by lopsided margins. That success has caused some resentment from other owners in the IFL, who don't want to play in a league with the Storm.
"The league didn't come to me and say do this or else. We decided with the uncertainty of the league, that releasing the players was really the best for everybody." says team owner Todd Tryon.
So Tryon is giving other teams a chance to pick up his players He released almost the entire roster so the players have other options. As he said one of the reasons is the uncertainty of the IFL's future, but he also says he was disappointed in the off the field issues which included some player arrests.
"We want to send a message to our team that we are not going to tolerate that. If we have to rebuild a roster from scratch, we will. That being said, we also have some great character guys who are great in the community. They'll be the first players we re-sign when the time is right. says Tryon.
Seven-year storm veteran Cory Johnsen was one of the players who was released. He has no interest in playing anywhere else. He says many players will wait and see what happens with the Storm, with hopes of re-signing.
"When it happens, depending on what happens, players will either re-sign, go somewhere else, or retire. It's hard right now because the fans want answers right away, and we don't have any." says Johnsen