December 10, 2017 | Daytona Beach, FL- Seven CIAA member institutions were represented at the 2017 FCS Bowl and National Bowl games held in Daytona, Florida. A total of 15 CIAA student-athletes traveled to the National Bowl weekend from Elizabeth City State University, Johnson C. Smith University, Lincoln University (PA), Shaw University, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University, and Winston-Salem State Unviersity.
The inaugural FCS National Bowl was played in December 2014 at FIU Stadium and moved to Daytona Beach Stadium in Daytona Beach, FL in 2016 which is home to FCS Bethune-Cookman Football. The National Bowl and FCS Bowl all star weekend for Non-FBS schools has been the only games of its kind to attract numerous NFL & CFL scouts.
The rosters gives NFL/CFL scouts a chance to view and get to know some of the best players from smaller schools over the bowl weekend. The FCS National Bowl is coached by pro coaches and features coaches such as NFL Coach Mike Stock formerly of the Green Bay Packers,who returned and coached the FCS Bowl. The game has been attended by scouts from the NFL’s St Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49er’s, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, and has even seen scouting directors fly in.