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NCAA DII playoffs

Posted by: Editor-Bonitta Best on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 12:00:00 am

The HBCU coaching world saw its first casualty last week when Fort Valley State coach Kevin Porter was relieved of duties. Porter compiled an 18-23 record in four seasons, including an SIAC title in 2016. A national search has begun.

Bowie State and Miles College were selected to the NCAA Division playoffs after winning their respective conference championship games.

The No. 3 seed Bulldogs (11-0) defeated Fayetteville State for the second straight year, and will host their third straight playoff game. They take on Carson-Newman on November 23 at 1 p.m.

“Our guys did an outstanding job this year handling adversity and staying focused on winning each day at practice,” Bowie State coach Damon Wilson said. “We have put ourselves in position and earned another home game. We are looking forward to the challenge this week versus Carson-Newman University. They have a very talented group, and we must be physical up front on both sides of the ball.”

The Golden Bears (9-2) earned their second playoff trip in program history after defeating Albany State. They will travel to No. 2 seed Lenoir-Rhyne this weekend at noon.

"This is a big deal for our school, our program, everyone who works hard so we can be successful," Miles coach Reginald Ruffin said. "Our guys deserve this opportunity to compete for a national championship. So we're going stay focused, prepare, and get locked in to face a good Lenoir-Rhyne team."

Virginia State, which was ranked No. 7 in Super Region Two, was left out of the mix.

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