CIAA Contemplates Possibility of Three-way Ties in both Eastern and Western Divisions

CIAA Contemplates Possibility of Three-way Ties in both Eastern and Western Divisions

 October 21, 2009

Hampton, VA -  The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is experiencing one of football's most exciting seasons in recent years. Along with the bevy of outstanding teams in the league, comes the possibility of ties and the need to utilize tiebreakers. The following scenarios are absolute: 1) If Bowie State wins Saturday, the Bulldogs win the East; and 2) If Fayetteville State wins Saturday, the Broncos win the West. Therefore, Bowie State and Fayetteville State would meet in the Championship Game on November 7. However, if one or both teams should lose combined with other specific outcomes described below, the Championship Game picture becomes less clear.

The conference tiebreakers if divisional teams are tied at the end of the regular season are the following:

  1. Head to Head Competition
  2. Common Conference Opponents
  3. Coin Toss

Considering the tiebreakers outlined above, it is a possibility that both divisions could end in a three-way tie. Here is the scenario in the West:

1)      St. Augustine's defeats Fayetteville State and Chowan to finish 5-2 in the conference.
2)      Shaw defeats Livingstone and Johnson C. Smith to finish 5-2 in the conference.
3)      Fayetteville State loses to St. Augustine's and defeats Livingstone to finish 5-2 in the conference.

If the above scenario occurs, tiebreaker three (coin toss) would be utilized. All teams would have a 3-0 record versus common opponents (Chowan, Livingstone and Johnson C. Smith) based upon the scenario described above.

Additionally, here is the scenario in the East for a three-way tie to occur:

1)      Virginia Union defeats Bowie State and loses to Elizabeth City State to finish 5-2 in the conference.
2)      Elizabeth City State defeats St. Paul's and Virginia Union to finish 5-2 in the conference.
3)      Bowie State loses to Virginia Union and Virginia State to finish 5-2 in the conference.

If the above scenario occurs, tiebreaker three (coin toss) would again be utilized. All teams would have a 2-1 record versus common opponents (Lincoln, St. Paul's and Virginia State).

Recognizing the importance and veracity of the process, the conference office would utilize the accounting firm of Cavanaugh & Nelson, PC in administering the final tiebreaker. Additionally, if one or both scenarios would occur, the administration of the final tiebreaker would occur on Sunday, November 1 in the conference office.   

The Championship Game will be held on November 7 in Durham, North Carolina at Durham County Stadium. The kickoff will be at 1 p.m. The Championship Game pits the Champions of the Eastern Division versus the Western Division Champions.