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CU football raising $$$ for rings

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Cumberland University’s football program is turning to the community for contributions to help buy the team championship rings. The Bulldogs recently wrapped up a 6-5 season under head coach Dewayne Alexander, including a last second win over No. 11-ranked Lambuth in the season finale.

The heart-stopping victory secured a share of the Mid-South Conference Western Division championship, a once-in-a-lifetime moment for the program.

"Best we can tell, it’s been over 40 years since a Cumberland football team has won a championship of any kind," Coach Alexander said.

The total cost of rings will be around $12,000 with rings going to some 90 players and staff members. Alexander said a decision was made to appeal to the public instead of fund-raising from businesses for donations.

"I’d really like this to be a community effort," Alexander said. "These young men showed so much self discipline, determination, desire and character. They certainly deserve this recognition."

Anyone wishing to make a contribution to the ring effort should call the football office at 615-547-1330.

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