WSSU Football Picked To Finish Third In CIAA Southern Division

July 22, 2010

PETERSBURG, Va. - The Winston-Salem State University Rams football team has been picked to finish third in the CIAA Southern Division and has been picked to finish sixth overall in the 13-team race for the 2010 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) football title as selected by the CIAA Football Coaches' Association.

The predicted order of finish was announced at the 2010 CIAA Football Kickoff Press Conference held on the campus of Virginia State University in Petersburg, Va. The Rams are picked to finish behind defending CIAA Champion Fayetteville State University and perennial football power Shaw University in the ultra-competitive CIAA Southern Division.

Saint Augustine's College is slated to finish fourth followed by Johnson C. Smith University and Livingstone College.

The 2009 CIAA football runner-up Bulldogs of Bowie State University have been predicted to finish atop the CIAA Northern Division with Elizabeth City State University slated to finish second followed by the Panthers of Virginia Union University who are prognosticated to finish third.

The Trojans of Virginia State University are predicted fourth in the seven-team Northern Division with Chowan University, Saint Paul's College and Lincoln (Pa.) picked to round out the fifth, sixth and seventh spots.

"We are coming back home to the CIAA and we will be competitive this season, I can assure you of that" WSSU head football coach Connell Maynor said. "We look forward to having a great mix of returning players and incoming talent and we are excited about the season kicking off on Aug. 28 against Virginia Union" Maynor added.

Winston-Salem State University will begin their quest for a ninth CIAA football crown on August 28, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. as they play host to the Panthers of Virginia Union University from A.J. Simeon Stadium in High Point, N.C. in the 2010 Furniture City Gridiron Classic.

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CIAA Predicted Order Of Finish (Overall)
1. Fayetteville State University
2. Shaw University
3. Bowie State University
4. Elizabeth City State University
5. Virginia Union University
6. Winston-Salem State University
7. Saint Augustine's College
8. Virginia State University
9. Chowan University
10. Johnson C. Smith University
11. Saint Paul's College
12. Livingstone College
13. Lincoln University

CIAA Southern Division Predicted Order Of Finish
1. Fayetteville State University
2. Shaw University
3. Winston-Salem State University
4. Saint Augustine's College
5. Johnson C. Smith University
6. Livingstone College

CIAA Northern Division Predicted Order Of Finish
1. Bowie State University
2. Elizabeth City State University
3. Virginia Union University
4. Virginia State University
5. Chowan University
6. Saint Paul's College
7. Lincoln University (Pa.)