By CIAA Media Relations:
WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA®) held its 2013 Football Media Day in Winston-Salem, NC last week.
Representatives from all 12 conference teams gathered at the Donald J. Reaves Student Activities Center on the campus of Winston-Salem State University and to no one’s surprise, the host Rams were picked to repeat as conference champions.
Stan Lewter (Urban Sports & Entertainment Group) served as Master of Ceremonies for a program that included interviews with coaches, and for the first-time, student-athletes, along with the announcement of the predicted order of finish and preseason all-conference team.
Following WSSU in the predicted order of finish were 2-Elizabeth City State University, 3- St. Augustine’s University, 4-Chowan University, 5-Shaw University, 6-Bowie State University, 7-Johnson C. Smith University, 8-Virginia Union University, 9-Fayetteville State University, 10-Virginia State University, 11-Livingstone College and 12 The Lincoln University.
Four new coaches were welcomed to the conference. Lawrence Kershaw of Fayetteville State, Latrell Scott of Virginia State, Daryl Williams from Livingstone and Ramon Flannigan of The Lincoln University will make their CIAA head coaching debuts this fall. Kershaw and Scott will begin their careers facing each other when Fayetteville State hosts Virginia State in Fayetteville on Saturday, September 7.
In order to help fans identify players to watch during the upcoming season, the 2013 Preseason All-CIAA Team (attached) was announced. Winston-Salem State led the field with five players selected followed by Bowie State and Elizabeth City State with four each.
The CIAA Football Season officially kicks off Thursday, September 5 when Winston-Salem State travels to meet UNC-Pembroke in a nationally televised contest on the CBS Sports Network. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.