From Press staff reports
The Rowan University football team, propelled by a contingent of former Cape-Atlantic League players, received a berth in the NCAA Division III tournament Sunday.
The Profs (7-2) will play Salisbury University (8-2) at noon Saturday at Sea Gull Stadium in Salisbury, Md., in a first-round game. The NCAA announced the 32-field tournament Sunday night.
Twenty-four conference champions received automatic berths. One spot was reserved for independents and teams that belong to conferences that do not get an automatic bid. The other seven spots, including Rowan’s, went to teams that did not win their conference’s automatic bid, to other independent teams or teams that play in conferences that do not get automatic bids.
The national championship game, the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 14, at Salem Stadium in Salem, Va. ESPNU will televise the 7 p.m. game.
The Profs’ roster includes 17 players from CAL schools, plus two from Southern Regional of the Shore Conference.
Rowan wrapped up its regular season Friday night with a 26-0 win over The College of New Jersey in a New Jersey Athletic Conference game in Glassboro. The Profs went 6-1 in the NJAC.
Rowan has reached the NCAA championship game five times, most recently in 1999, but has never won the title.
Last year, Wisconsin-Whitewater defeated Mount Union 13-10 in the Stagg Bowl. The two programs have played for the title in each of the last seven years, with Whitewater winning four times, including 2009-11.