John Dell of the Winston-Salem Journal today writes about the CIAA’s search for a new football championship site. Commissioner Jacqie Carpenter says that she is impressed with Winston-Salem’s Bowman Gray Stadium, home of reigning CIAA football champion Winston-Salem State University and site of several NCAA Division II playoff football games over the last six years. From the Journal:
“We will rely on that committee to come back with some feedback, and I have a very aggressive timeline for the football championship,” Carpenter said. “In the first week of April, they should have some good recommendations, and we’ll go forward from there.”
The report also says that Charlotte, Durham are also potential destinations for the CIAA title game, but that Carpenter’s preference is for the game to be played on member school campuses.
WSSU is knocking on the door of a national football title, having finished as a national semi-finalist and runner-up over the last two years. A conference title game in the city would be an ideal move to bolster awareness and support for the Ram dynasty, should it continue to a projected finish of a national championship in 2013.
As for the rest of the conference, the only title game site that matters is in basketball, and Charlotte remains the top choice among CIAA leadership and fans alike. Everything else augments the CIAA’s popularity, and putting the football title game nearest the team most likely to win it could do nothing but good.