Bowie State University’s football team had been awaiting word on the possibility of having its winning percentage decreased due to the use of an ineligible player in quarterback Matt Goggans. Now, just as the Bulldogs prepare for their final game of the season and a shot at the conference championship, the CIAA released a statement […]
Bowie State University’s football team had been awaiting word on the possibility of having its winning percentage decreased due to the use of an ineligible player in quarterback Matt Goggans.
Now, just as the Bulldogs prepare for their final game of the season and a shot at the conference championship, the CIAA released a statement saying the school will in fact have its percentage altered.
As it stands, Bowie State’s win-loss record will remain the same. However, according to Adrian Ferguson, the assistant commissioner of communications and media relations with the CIAA, the Bulldogs’ winning percentage will be changed.
According to the NCAA Division II Principles of Nullification, rule No. 6 states “The penalty assessed will vary from sport to sport. It will be a mathematical calculation that is relevant to each sport and reduces the percentage of the won-lost record and the strength-of-schedule index. The calculation will be determined in conjunction with the NCAA statistics department.”
Rule No. 7 then states “The value of the nullification will be consistent across sports; however, the actual mathematical calculation (number) could be different because of factors such as number of games played.”
In order to qualify for the CIAA Conference Championship game, the two division winners with the highest winning percentage amongst conference games will play for the title. Since Goggans participated in two conference games, the CIAA will take those two games, multiply it by .023 (the mathematical calculation for football) and subtract that number (.046) from Bowie State’s winning percentage at the end of the regular season. The Bulldogs are currently 6-0 (1.000 winning percentage) in the conference. If they were to win their last game against Elizabeth City State, their win total would read 7-0 but their winning percentage would technically be .954.
If second-place Virginia Union (5-1) were to win its last game, its winning percentage would be .857, which would allow Bowie State to still play for the conference title. A Panthers loss would mean the same and allow the Bulldogs to advance regardless. Virginia Union plays Virginia State (4-2) this weekend.
However, if Bowie State were to lose and Virginia Union were to win – giving the teams the same conference record – the Bulldogs would lose the tie-breaker due to their nullification subtraction. Also, the nullification rules state that Bowie State would not be allowed to win any tie-breaker, so the point would be moot.
So, Bowie State now has its own mathematical calculation to think about.
Win = Conference Championship. Loss = Need help or going home.
Below is the official press release from the CIAA:
Charlotte, NC – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) has received the official self-report of an eligibility violation by Bowie State University regarding a student-athlete’s participation in its football program.
In conjunction with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the conclusion of the self-report is that of a Secondary/Level III violation.
“We are very conscious about the impact of penalties on both the CIAA, the institutions involved and most importantly the student-athletes who are not responsible for administrative errors”, said CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams. “This secondary violation is not uncommon for any sport and has been handled similarly in other conferences and leagues within the NCAA.”
The CIAA will apply the NCAA Division II Principles of Nullification to all relevant games in which the violation occurred. Bowie State will be excluded from any tie-breaker scenarios and also face repercussions as defined in the CIAA Schedule of Penalties approved by the Board of Directors.
The nullification process will be applied at the conclusion of the regular season, prior to the CIAA Football Championship game selection.
Opponents of an ineligible individual or team that competes with an ineligible player will not be adversely affected. A penalty will be applied to the won-lost record percentage. It will be a mathematical calculation that is relevant to football and reduces the percentage of the won-lost record. The calculation was developed by the NCAA and its statistics department.
Neither the NCAA nor the CIAA recognizes forfeits as an official result.
Per the CIAA Sporting Code for football, the Northern and Southern Division winners are determined by highest percentage of conference games won based upon the seven-game regular season schedule.