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CIAA Rules Virginia State Ineligible For Postseason Play

Latrell Scott’s Virginia State team has been ruled ineligible for the postseason by the CIAA. (Times-Dispatch photo)

The fallout from Friday’s incident involving Virginia State and Winston-Salem State players continue. Virginia State has been declared ineligible for the postseason by the CIAA, one day after one of its players was arrested for attacking WSSU quarterback Rudy Johnson.

The conference released a press release late Saturday evening, stating that Virginia State would not be able to participate in the postseason. This would not only exclude them from the Division II playoffs, but also the
Pioneer Bowl. The Pioneer Bowl is a yearly matchup between teams from the two Division II HBCU conferences, the CIAA and the SIAC.

“Based upon available information, and in the best interest of the conference and its member-institutions, the CIAA board of directors declared Virginia State University ineligible to participate in the 2013 football postseason.”

CIAA commissioner Jacqie Carpenter said an investigation is on-going. 

Earlier Saturday evening, Virginia State President Keith T. Miller said in a statement that a member of the football team has been suspended indefinitely. He did not release a name, but running back Lamont Britt was arrested in connection with the incident on Friday. Miller said VSU would be conducting an investigation of its own.

“Playing on a VSU athletic team is a privilege. Student-athletes who fail to live up to the ideals of our institution will forfeit that privilege. We have a zero tolerance policy toward acts of violence, on or off campus, and we take that policy very seriously.”

Virginia State has won eight consecutive games and is currently ranked 22nd in Division II football.

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