July 19, 2012
Petersburg, VA - The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) hosted its annual football press conference and luncheon today on the campus of Virginia State University. The announcement of the 2012 theme "One Century Down" and the prediction of Fayetteville State finishing fourth overall and third in the division were made public during the conference. FSU's Joshua Scales received conference pre-season honors during the media-day activities.
The new theme is a tribute to the continued celebration of the conference's 100th Anniversary.
"We are looking forward to another outstanding year in the CIAA. This is the CIAA's 100th year of football, and this season's champion will have the honor of being crowned in this historic year", commented Interim Commissioner Peggy Davis.
Fayetteville State's Joshua Scales (Jr., Pinehurst, NC) was announced as a Pre-Season All-CIAA Defensive Back. Scales had the highest average of interceptions per game in the NCAA Division II last season. He ranked second in the CIAA in passes defended and was named to the All-CIAA Team.
The CIAA's Football Coaches Association predicted Fayetteville State to finish fourth overall and third in the Southern Division. Former FSU Coach and CIAA Coach of the Year Connell Maynor had his Rams of Winston-Salem State predicted to repeat as conference champions. Elizabeth City State and Saint Augustine's ranked higher than the Broncos in the prediction order.
Fayetteville State received a fourth place prediction last season after a .500 finish (5-5) the previous year. The Broncos received a first place prediction in 2009 and it held true to the coaches' opinion by winning the championship with an 8-4 overall record. The prediction in 2010 was to repeat as champions.
Before the 2008 prediction of second in the CIAA Western Division, the Broncos received five straight predictions of leading the Western Division.
Fayetteville State will open its 2012 season on September 1 in Durham, NC against North Carolina Central. The Broncos defeated the Eagles 33-22 in its 2008 season-opener. Kickoff is set for 6:00 pm. FSU will have its home opener on September 15 when the Broncos host the Panthers of Virginia Union.
The football team will begin organize team activities during the first full week of August.
Predicted Order of Finish
(As selected by the CIAA Football Coaches Association)
2012 CIAA Overall Predicted Order of Finish
1. Winston-Salem State University
2. Elizabeth City State University
3. Saint Augustine's College
4. Fayetteville State University
5. Shaw University
6. Bowie State University
7. Virginia State University
8. Johnson C. Smith University
9. Virginia Union University
10. Chowan University
11. Lincoln University
12. Livingstone College
1) Elizabeth City State University
2) Bowie State University
3) Virginia State University
4) Virginia Union University
5) Chowan University
6) Lincoln University of PA
1) Winston-Salem State University
2) St. Augustine's College
3) Fayetteville State University
4) Shaw University
5) Johnson C. Smith University
6) Livingstone College
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