Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Right Call?

Anticipation surrounding this past weekend’s scheduled CIAA Football Championship game between Winston-Salem State University and Virginia State University quickly turned into disappointment for fans after the game was cancelled by conference officials. News reports reveal allegations that the quarterback for Winston-Salem State was attacked by one or more Virginia State players in a restroom at a pre-game luncheon celebration. The CIAA Volleyball Championship game was also cancelled as a result of the incident.  

What’s Your Take?  Was the cancellation of the games the right call? Amid accusations of bullying and accusations of a culture of hazing and abuse in the NFL, what actions do you think should be implemented in the college and pro ranks to send a strong message that this type of behavior will not be tolerated under any circumstances?   

 




Comments

1. RobertBrown said...

Yes it was the right call.I agree with Stephen A Smith. WSSU would have been at a disadvantage with a hurt quarterback.The attackers should be charged and suspended from school. This was an attack.I am waiting to see how VSU handles this

2. Dennis said...

VSU should forfeit and should be sanctioned by the conference and the NCAA

3. Trudy said...

Right call,but I don't understand why the volleyball game was cancelled. Were the concerned about retaliation?

4. Right Call said...

Statement from VSU President Keith T. Miller

Published date: November 16, 2013

Virginia State University has indefinitely suspended a member of the VSU football team. Further, VSU will pursue a thorough internal investigation into Friday’s incident of which the findings and recommendations will be reported directly to me. We will include both students and alumni in this internal investigation process. Based on the report, further disciplinary action may be forthcoming. Playing on a VSU athletic team is a privilege. Student-athletes who fail to live up to the ideals of our institution will forfeit that privilege. We have a zero tolerance policy toward acts of violence, on or off campus, and we take that policy very seriously.

5. Annonymous said...

I received this response from the Richmond VSU Alumni President. I disagree, this is more than a youthful indiscretion. It is a crime!
" Dear Alumni and Friends,

Two college football players began "wolfing" at one another about who would win their
game.They got into a fist fight and one received noticeable bruises and a cut eye. He was
taken to the hospital.
The other player was arrested, released early the next morning but has been suspended.
No other specific details, except their championship games (football and volleyball)
were canceled and a lot of folks were inconvenienced. Their actions were truly poor
judgement and another example of "Youthful Indiscretion." I wish they had just walked
away from each other. More to come when we get some more facts."

6. Clifton said...

Stephen A is on point. Zero tolerance for this thuggish behavior. I would rather have a losing team of classy students than a winning team of gansters and hoodlums.

7. Randy said...

The coach should have seen the signs during the season. This attitude did not develop overnight.Winning does have a cost. VSU is known for sportsmanship and I expect Coach Scott to get this team in check.

8. Cameron said...

Yes,the right call! Virginia State should forfeit and be banned from the playoffs for at least 2 years

9. Winston said...

Clearly an embarrassment for VSU and alumni. Right Call. Glad to see the President's response.

10. Jesse said...

Youthful indiscretion? WTH? That is the problem,we find a way to justify anti-social behaviors until it is too late.

11. SPBC/VSUTROJAN said...

I share two affiliations with you. I saw you in our directory.These young people need prayer and guidance.This cycle of violence must stop.

12. Clayton said...

This is no big deal. Scuffles between football players are nothing new.The kid will get his wrist slapped and put on the street.He should not be put out of school. He needs an education. Enough with the hype!

13. Ebony said...

Football breeds violence.

14. Winston said...

CIAA declares Virginia State ineligible for playoffs! Right Call. Announcement attached
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association has declared Virginia State ineligible for the NCAA Division II playoffs after Winston-Salem State's quarterback was beaten during a bathroom fight between players from the schools.....
"There was a clear interest in exploring ways to resume the volleyball championship," said CIAA Commissioner Jacqie Carpenter. Fayetteville State kindly agreed to be the host, and we're grateful that our student-athletes will have this opportunity to compete."

15. Edwin said...

Aren't you a trojan?

16. Jackson said...

I watched the press conference. I think they made the right call. I feel so sorry for the rest of the team that had their dreams cancelled because of one jackass



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