TO HONOR 2008 MSC WEST CHAMPS
By TOMMY BRYAN
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.