Athens, GA (Dec 19, 2008) - CBS College Sports will be broadcasting USF from Rome tomorrow. No, not USF as in the University of South Florida or the University of San Francisco. And sadly, not the Rome where Vatican City is located.
What is going on and where then? Well, tomorrow is the 53rd Annual NAIA College Football Championship game between the Fighting Saints of Carroll College (Montana)(13-0) and the Cougars of the University of Sioux Falls (South Dakota) (13-0). And the Rome part? The game is being hosted by Shorter College in Rome, Georgia.
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This game, which will be on CBS College Sports at Noon tomorrow (Dec 20), is not without story lines. Defending champion Carroll won its quarterfinal game by forfeit, and their semifinal game over Lindenwood University 38-37. Why the forfeit? Northwestern Oklahoma State reported that three ineligible student-athletes had played in two regular season contests and last week's first-round playoff game with Friends (Kan.). The result? Three forfeits.
These two teams played for the championship last year, with # 2 Carroll College defeating #1 Sioux Falls 17-9. This year, Carroll is #1, and Sioux Falls is #2. Neither starting quarterback was on their respective teams last year.
There is also a very tangible reward for both teams, win or lose. The weather in Rome, Georgia is a lot better than South Dakota or Montana.
So while it is not South Beach for the BCS Championship, it may as well be weather wise for these two schools. But seriously, let's hope the teams and their fans can get home safely.
Tom Hart (play-by-play) and Trev Alberts (analyst) will call the game for CBS College Sports. The game will also be available on-line at cbscollegesports.com for a cost of $7.95 (the NAIA does not have the clout of the Southeastern Conference to get the games simulcast online for free). But then again, the NAIA charges rights fees to organizations that want to blog their championship events.
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