While most of the college football world is centered around what goes on in games taking place in the Football Bowl Subdivision, there was supposed to be a big game today in the Division II level. But an odd and violent set of circumstances will lead to the CIAA league championship game between Division II Winston-Salem State and Virginia State to be canceled after players from both schools attacked each other leading up to the game:
Saturday’s CIAA league championship game between Division II Winston-Salem State and Virginia State has been canceled, with the Winston Salem-Journal reporting that several Virginia State players attacked WSSU’s starting quarterback in a bathroom during a CIAA banquet.
“We don’t know a lot of what happened but we do know our starting quarterback, Rudy Johnson, was beaten up,” WSSU chancellor Donald Reaves told the Journal, “and he didn’t beat himself up.”
The Journal reported late Friday that Virginia State backup running back Lamont Britt was arrested and charged with assault and inflicting serious injury. The arrest warrant stated that Britt struck Johnson in the face and head.
Rams Head Coach Connell Maynor told the Journal that his team wanted to play the game, but that he didn’t believe it could be conducted safely.
“I couldn’t guarantee that I could keep all 55 of my guys in check for the game,” he said, “and all it would take would be one comment or something like that. So no coach could guarantee that.”