The CIAA Conference Championship game, scheduled for Saturday, has been cancelled after Rudy Johnson, the quarterback for Winston-Salem, was attacked by members of Virginia State at a luncheon on Friday.
The two teams were set to meet for the CIAA conference championship on Saturday and the luncheon is a tradition prior to the game. CIAA Commissioner Jacqie Carpenter announced the cancellation in a statement.
"Based on the incident that occurred today, and after consulting with the leadership of each institution and the Football and Volleyball championship committees, the CIAA is saddened to announce that this weekend's Football and Volleyball conference championships that were schedule to to take place in Winston-Salem have been canceled."
"We did not make this decision lightly, as its impact is far and wide - affecting our student-athletes, alumni, fans, sponsors and more. But the CIAA has long had policies to encourage responsible behavior, and must consider what is necessary to assure days like today are not repeated, ever."
The cancellation of the game could prove problematic for the playoff chances of Virginia State. The Trojans sit on the bubble for teams that could make the Division II playoffs and a win in the CIAA Championship game would have cemented their spot.
Winston-Salem on the other hand is all but assured a spot in the Division II playoffs.