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CIAA Championship Game Cancelled

Rudy Johnson (#7), starting quarterback for the Winston Salem State Rams (Photo Courtesy: The Winston Journal / Andrew Dye /

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(SBN Sports) -- The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) championship game between Winston Salem State University and Virginia State was cancelled Friday following a fight involving players from both schools. According to reports, 5 members of the Virginia State football team brutally beat and injured Winston Salem quarterback Rudy Johnson.  Johnson suffered significant injuries and would have been sidelined, had the game taken place.

WSSU chancellor Donald Reaves told the Winston-Salem Journal, "We don't know a lot of what happened, but we do know our starting quarterback, Rudy Johnson, was beaten up and he didn't beat himself up".

A statement was issued by the CIAA on cancelling the game:

"We understand that some Virginia State University and Winston-Salem State University student-athletes were involved in an incident during the time of today's luncheon event. The police are currently investigating the incident and are speaking with the individuals involved. Leadership from the CIAA and the participating institutions are fully cooperating. Further details and updates regarding the status of the championship game will be forthcoming."

Lut Williams, journalist with spoke with SBN Sports' Ty Miller about the details of the altercation.

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