CHICAGO – The Saint Xavier University Athletics Department will hold a special assembly to honor its football team on winning the 2011 NAIA National Championship last month with its 24-20 victory over six-time national champion Carroll College (Mont.). The assembly will take place at the Shannon Center on Tuesday, January 17, starting at 3:30 p.m. The event is free and will be open to the general public. The national championship is the first in the 41-year history of Saint Xavier University Athletics and the first college football national title for the city of Chicago since 1913. The Cougars are also the first college football team in the state of Illinois to win a national championship since NCAA Division III Augustana College won it all in 1986.
"It is going to be one of the greatest afternoons in the history of SXU Athletics," said Saint Xavier University Athletic Director Bob Hallberg. "It is my hope that all University faculty, staff and especially students will participate in his historic experience. Many schools never get the opportunity to celebrate a national championship, so our department wanted to ensure they are recognized properly for this outstanding achievement."
The SXU football team finished up its historic campaign with a 14-1 overall record and the NAIA's No. 1 ranking in the 2011 NAIA Football Coaches' Postseason Top 25 Poll. The Cougars also held the No. 1 ranking for eight weeks (September 12 to October 31) during the regular season marking the first time a SXU varsity team has received the top spot in school history. The Cougars also won the national title in their first national championship game appearance, the first time this has occurred in the NAIA since Carroll College did it in 2002.