RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - CIAA spokesman Adrian Ferguson told NBC12 on Tuesday afternoon that the conference is reviewing a self-report made by Bowie State football involving the use of an ineligible player for the first five games of the season, and that they hope to have a decision reached on who qualifies for the CIAA championship game by this weekend. Currently the Bulldogs are 6-0 in conference play and leading the Northern Division.
Quarterback Matthew Goggans was ruled ineligible, after it was discovered he had no NCAA eligibility remaining. He was a transfer student-athlete from North Carolina-Central. Bowie State sports information director Greg Goings says the school self-reported itself as soon as the ineligibility was discovered in early October.
Ferguson told us the Bulldogs did notify to conference upon discovering Goggans ineligibility and filed an unofficial self-report. He says the league has been working with Bowie State in putting together its official report, which was submitted this week. According to Ferguson, no penalties can be assigned based on an unofficial report, which is why the league had to wait until this week to review the official report and consider punishment.
In the CIAA's weekly release, Bowie State's conference record is listed at 6-0 in the league, 4-0 in the Northern Division. It also says the Bulldogs will lock up a title game berth with a win this Saturday. The release also states that Virginia Union can make the championship game with a win and a Bowie State loss, but both teams would have 6-1 CIAA records. Bowie State won the head-to-head match-up, which is the first tie-breaker.
Ferguson said the CIAA is currently reviewing the self-report. The NCAA and CIAA do not recognize forfeits, so the league would use an NCAA formula to penalize Bowie State's winning percentage, if they decide to penalize the Bulldogs. They would not be given losses for the league games in which Goggans played. In the unlikely event Bowie State is ruled ineligible for the championship game, Saturday's game between Virginia Union and Virginia State would be for the Northern Division championship.