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Norfolk State replaces Labor Day Classic with Maine series

Norfolk, VA (Sports Network) - Norfolk State University athletic director Marty L. Miller announced Wednesday the Spartans football program has added a home- and-home series with the University of Maine after its remaining two-game series with Virginia State was canceled.

An NCAA Division II bylaw will prohibit Norfolk State and Virginia State from playing the teams' customary Labor Day Classic game. The bylaw sets the first date of competition for Division II football teams as the Thursday preceding Sept. 6.

NSU, from the FCS level, and VSU, a Division II member, were to play on Aug. 31, 2013 and Aug. 30, 2014.

The Spartans will open the 2013 season by welcoming Maine to Dick Price Stadium for a first-ever meeting on Aug. 31. The two teams will play in Orono, Maine, on Aug. 30, 2014.

"We're very grateful to the University of Maine for working with us to complete this series," Miller said. "We are fortunate to have another quality CAA team on our schedule, and we hope that our fans will support what should be an exciting contest to begin the 2013 season."

Miller said the entire 2013 schedule will be released in the coming days.

01/09 11:46:08 ET