Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Schools asked to mete out discipline for postgame brawl
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The president of the university system
that oversees both North Carolina A&T and North Carolina Central
wants the schools to be responsible for disciplining those involved
in a postgame brawl.
Erskine Bowles, who leads the University of North Carolina
system, spoke with the colleges' chancellors about Saturday's
"We are all in complete agreement that this sort of
unsportsmanlike behavior was just plain wrong, and that it will not
be condoned or tolerated within our university," Bowles said in a
statement released by his office.
"I am confident that both chancellors are going to handle this
matter appropriately on their own campuses and will take steps to
ensure that this sort of thing doesn't happen again."
The fight broke out shortly after N.C. Central intercepted a
pass to seal the 27-22 victory and the Eagles stormed the field and
jumped on the A&T logo, prompting the Aggies to confront them.
Coaches were unable to stop the melee, and after several minutes
at least one police officer from Central used pepper spray to break
it up. The schools said nobody was hurt, but N.C. Central suspended
an unidentified player for this week's game against Presbyterian.
It is unclear whether North Carolina Central and North Carolina
A&T will meet as scheduled next Aug. 30 in Durham.
"We owe them a game, and at some point, we will honor our
agreement that we will return the game," A&T athletic director
DeLores "Dee" Todd said. "When that's going to be, I can't
Neither Todd nor Central athletic director Bill Hayes returned
phone messages left Tuesday by The Associated Press.
"We've moved on, and we're looking forward to playing
Presbyterian this weekend," first-year coach Mose Rison said at
his weekly news conference.
The chancellors of the schools, Charlie Nelms of N.C. Central
and Stanley F. Battle of A&T, issued a statement Monday night
saying no decision has been reached about the series, but "we are
jointly collaborating as sister institutions to decide the best
The game was billed as the return of a rivalry between two
historically black schools that dates back to 1924. It was the
teams' first meeting since N.C. Central beat A&T 23-22 in 2005.
N.C. Central is playing its first season in Division I as an
independent after moving up from Division II. A&T is a member of
the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference of Division I's Championship
The Eagles have expressed interest in joining the MEAC, the
league they helped found in the 1970s. They left the conference
when it was reclassified into Division I.