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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Winston-Salem State's chancellor says a Virginia State football player faces assault charges after a bathroom fight left WSSU's starting quarterback badly beaten during a luncheon for both teams on the eve of their championship game.

Donald Reaves says in a statement that a suspect has admitted his role in the beating of QB Rudy Johnson Friday and that the university police department is trying to identify the other Virginia State players involved.

Both schools say the CIAA canceled the title game set for Saturday in Winston-Salem. The CIAA, which is comprised predominantly of historically black schools, hasn't commented on the game's status.

Conference officials say athletes from both schools were involved the fight, but Reaves is blaming the Virginia State players, saying there is no excuse for their behavior.