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Sports Forum / Will Fans Return for CIAA Tourney in Baltimore?
« on: February 14, 2022, 06:42:33 AM »
In addition to lingering COVID fears, many fans are skeptical about attending the CIAA Tournament in Baltimore because of the city’s crime history. Would you/are you going?

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Sports Forum / Virginia State TROJANS 2021 Football Schedule
« on: March 30, 2021, 08:14:13 PM »
VSU TROJANS 2021 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

SEP 4 (SAT) 6:00 P.M.
LENOIR-RHYNE UNIVERSITY
ROGERS STADIUM
SEP 18 (SAT) 6:00 P.M.
TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY
ROGERS STADIUM
SEP 25 (SAT) TBA
FAYETTEVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY
FAYETTEVILLE, NC
OCT 2 (SAT) 6:00 P.M.
ST. AUGUSTINE'S UNIVERSITY
ROGERS STADIUM
OCT 9 (SAT) 6:00 P.M.
ELIZABETH CITY STATE UNIVERSITY
ROGERS STADIUM
OCT 16 (SAT) 2:00 P.M.
BOWIE STATE UNIVERSITY
BOWIE, MD
OCT 23 (SAT) 2:00 P.M.
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY (PA.) **HOMECOMING**
ROGERS STADIUM
OCT 30 (SAT) 2:00 P.M.
CHOWAN UNIVERSITY **SENIOR DAY**
ROGERS STADIUM
NOV 6 (SAT) 2:00 P.M.
VIRGINIA UNION UNIVERSITY
RICHMOND, VA

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Dr. Makola Abdullah, President of Virginia State University, has officially announced the cancellation of all homecoming week activities leading up to the football game with Lincoln University on October 24. As of now, the game will be played with no or limited spectators.

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Sports Forum / Shortened Season in Div II. What Will the CIAA Do?
« on: May 26, 2020, 05:39:16 PM »
According to the NCAA....

Division II sports schedules will be shortened for the 2020-21 academic year, the NCAA announced Tuesday. Division II football teams will play a maximum of 10 regular-season games, down from 11.

Under NCAA guidelines, it appears that the CIAA Championship game is a regular season game as opposed to post season, which would be game 11 for the participants. So, with the 10 game limit, will the CIAA declare a champion based on best overall record and drop the Championship game or ask schools to eliminate an OOC game? Your thoughts...

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We know it might not happen and even if it does there will probably be lots of changes between now and then (as always) so why not publish it since it seems most schools have already announced their schedules or published them on their websites, anyway? It's just so much easier having them all in one place instead of jumping from website to website.  Enquiring minds want to know.....

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Sports Forum / Chowan leaving CIAA and Norfolk State moving back?
« on: February 11, 2018, 09:03:12 PM »
Rumor has it that Chowan has notified the CIAA that they will be leaving the conference in 2019 and will operate all of its sports programs as a member of the ECAC. They are apparently upset that the CIAA no longer supports baseball, which is a big deal at Chowan. Also heard that since Hampton is leaving the MEAC, the conference is talking to Norfolk State about returning to fill the void. Anybody else heard that?

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 2017 Virginia State University Tentative Football Schedule
Sept. 2 – at Norfolk State University
Sept. 9 – at Johnson C. Smith University
Sept. 16 – TBD
Sept. 23 – WINSTON SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY+
Sept. 30 – at Livingstone College+
Oct. 7 – at Elizabeth City State UNIVERSITY+
Oct. 14 – BOWIE STATE UNIVERSITY (Homecoming 2017)+
Oct. 21 – at Lincoln University+
Oct. 28 – at Chowan University+
Nov. 4 – VIRGINIA UNION UNIVERSITY+         
Nov. 11 – at CIAA Football Championship
+Conference Games 
Nov. 18 – NCAA Playoffs

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Sports Forum / VSU & VUU MEN & WOMEN Co-Champions of Northern Division
« on: February 18, 2017, 08:06:08 PM »
VUU's men and women were swept by Chowan today dropping the Panthers into a tie with Virginia State for the Northern championship on the men's side and the women into a 3 way tie (VUU, VSU and Chowan).  VUU will be seeded first in the men's and women's tournaments because of a better conference record, while VSU should be seeded second in the women's tournament because of a better conference record than Chowan. HAIL STATE!

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Norfolk State has been a Division I program for almost 20 years, but the school is still looking to find its financial footing as it heads into the 2016-17 athletic year.

Athletic Director Marty Miller sent out a letter on Monday asking supporters to help make up for a financial shortfall due to a new state law as "the Department of Athletics is confronted with a $3 million challenge to fully fund its program through other resources," according to the letter.

Virginia's HB 1897 limits the percentage that student fees may make up of a university's athletic budgets.The bill was passed in March 2015, but did not go into effect into July 1. Norfolk State previously funded 80 percent of it's athletics budget through student fees, but the new bill sets that limit at 70 percent for Division I FCS schools.

NSU charged $1,545 in student athletic fees at the time the bill was signed, third behind Virginia Military Institute and William and Mary, but above Old Dominion and James Madison.

Miller's letter encouraged alumni and supporters to buy season tickets, join an athletic booster club and attend home games as well as simply donating to the department.

It also outlined what the athletic department has done, including adding live music to improve tailgate atmosphere, scheduling games with old CIAA rivals, and keeping the Labor Day Classic alive.

Last year the football team started the season with three-straight "money games" against FBS opponents. A game against former CIAA rival Elizabeth City State will kick off football season this year, and games against in-state FCS opponents Richmond and William and Mary mean that the team will leave Virginia just three times in the regular season.

It's been almost 20 years since Norfolk State joined NCAA Division I after leaving the CIAA. While it's unlikely that they'll go the Winston-Salem State route and go back to Division II, it is apparent that with college athletics becoming more expensive ever year, NSU will have to do something to stay afloat.

"Your commitment to join us will strengthen our ability to successfully continue to compete in Division I athletics and achieve  local and national success," Miller said in closing.

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WE are VSU!


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Sports Forum / Virginia State Releases 2016 Football Schedule
« on: January 22, 2016, 09:18:20 PM »
Here we go, TROJANS, here we go....

9/3     Lenoir-Rhyne       Hickory, NC                2PM
9/10   Tusculum             HOME                        2PM
9/17   Kentucky State     Frankfort, KY             TBA
9/24   Winston-Salem     Winston-Salem, NC    TBA
10/1   Livingstone          HOME                        2PM
10/8   Elizabeth City       HOME                        2PM
10/15 Bowie State          Bowie, MD                 TBA
10/22 Lincoln (PA)          HOMECOMING           2PM
10/29 Chowan                HOME                       2PM

11/5   Virginia Union       Richmond, VA            TBA
11/12  CIAA Championship  Durham, NC          TBA

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Sports Forum / VSU TROJAN ATHLETIC & CONVOCATION CENTER SET TO OPEN
« on: March 25, 2015, 07:36:43 PM »
The new 8,000 seat Virginia State University Athletic & Convocation Center is on schedule to open when the fall semester kicks off in August.  Check out this link for a preview:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLxmMFcr1SY&feature=youtu.be


VSU IS ON THE MOVE! 

2014 CIAA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS
2015 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL CIAA TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS
2015 MEN'S BASKETBALL CIAA NORTHERN DIVISION CHAMPIONS
2015 CIAA BOWLING RUNNERS-UP

DOING IT B-I-G!!!

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CHARLOTTE, NC- The wait is over.
With a 73-49 victory over The Lincoln University, the Virginia State University Trojans clinched the 2015 CIAA Women's Basketball Championship. The title win was the first for Virginia State since 2002. The Trojans earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Atlantic Region Tournament with the victory and advance with a 20-9 overall record. The Lady Lions end their season with a 21-8 record.
Jessica Lyons led all players in the game with 16 points while DeAnna Waters chipped in 15 points. Cana Marriott totaled 14 points including four three-pointers while Dashae Jones added 11 points in the victory for the Trojans. The CIAA Tournament Most Valuable Player, Tiffanie Adair grabbed eight rebounds in the win while Lyons added seven rebounds. Virginia State shot 45.8% from the floor in the win.
Virginia State University head coach James Hill Jr. commented, "Our main focused was to continue to do what we do. If we could continue to play defense and box out, we knew we'd be successful...This year our team is more balanced, anyone can score on any night…as long as we get the win that's what matters."
Amani Clark paced the Lady Lions with 11 points in the setback. Lennee Kimbell and Teira Pendleton chipped in six points in the loss while Lisa Saunders, Courtney Smith and Dejah Taylor notched five points each. Courtney Lucas led all players in the game with 10 rebounds. Lincoln shot 27% from the floor over the course of the competition.
The Lincoln University head coach Jessica Kern stated, "…Well, honestly, whatever could have went wrong tonight did…I did enjoy seeing that the fight never stopped from these ladies. I'm proud of them and I know we wanted it to end differently but they never gave up."
Adair opened the contest with a layup on the Trojans' first possession of the contest. Taylor's free throw put Lincoln on the board but jumpers by Waters and Adair gave Virginia State a 6-1 advantage two minutes into the game. Taylor's jumper on the Lady Lions' next possession put Lincoln back within striking distance.
Virginia State used a 9-2 run to pull away 13-5 by the 13:45 mark in the first half. The Lady Lions pulled within four points (15-11) with 10:29 on the clock after Courtney Lucas' bucket. Marriott connected on back-to-back three pointers for Virginia State to give the Trojans a 21-11 lead with 9:29 remaining in the first half.
Wynterra Pittman's tip-in with 8:10 on the clock handed the Trojans a 23-11 lead. Courtney Smith answered with a three-pointer for Lincoln on the Lady Lions' next possession but Virginia State used an11-0 run highlighted by back-to-back three pointers by Jessica Lyons to leave the Lady Lions trailing 34-14.
Pittman's layup for Virginia State gave the Trojans a 37-16 lead with 4:05 on the clock. The 21 point advantage was the largest of the half for the Trojans. The Lady Lions were unable to make a run in the remaining time in the first half and headed into the locker room trailing 39-21.
The Lady Lions shot 27.3% from the floor while the Trojans shot 54.2% in the first half.
Virginia State opened the second half with a jumper by Waters and three-pointer by Dashae Jones to take a commanding 44-21 lead. Two jumpers by Waters and a three-pointer by Jones left Lady Lions trailing 51-21 with 16:04 on the clock.
Back-to-back baskets by Kimbell for Lincoln made the score 51-25 and ended a six minute scoring drought for the Lions. Amani Clark's three-pointer at the 10:53 mark brought Lincoln with 23 points but the Trojans were relentless in their attack.
Trailing 58-35 with 6:23 left in the game, two made free throws and a layup by Pendleton allowed the Lady Lions to pull within 19 points (58-39). Lincoln was unable to overcome the deficit as Virginia State continued to dominate the momentum and the scoreboard in the remainder of the contest to earn the 73-49 victory.

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