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Sports Forum / Re: Does the meac have its other member?
« on: April 24, 2022, 06:33:47 AM »
VSU ain’t coming to the rescue. The MEAC can keep knocking on our door, but our alumni keep saying don’t answer. We’ve had several opportunities to move over the years and didn’t, so we damn sho ain’t moving now!

Sports Forum / Re: How does the CIAA attendance look so far?
« on: February 27, 2022, 05:26:22 AM »
13,000 fans filled Royal Farms Arena for the Championship games. As I heard someone else say, it was good to be in a city where we were appreciated and not just tolerated.

Sports Forum / Re: How does the CIAA attendance look so far?
« on: February 26, 2022, 01:09:50 PM »
I have attended all of the afternoon and evening sessions since the start and attendance is probably a little less than in Charlotte, but not by much. Baltimore is doing a nice job, but it's going to take awhile for folks to get use to a different city and venue.  The biggest differences that I have heard complaints about are that the facility is older than the arena in Charlotte and darker because the interior colors are black and grey and there are no vendors in the arena (they are at the Convention Center).  The vendors don't like it either since they don't feel like they can make any money or as much money being away from the main venue. Most food prices are about the same as Charlotte, but the signature Crab Cake sandwich, fried fish and fries is a whopping $30.  Since I live in Maryland, I can tell you that's really not a bad price, but folks from the South think it's high. I've also heard concerns about safety since Baltimore has a gritty reputation, but there have been no reports of any incidents throughout the week.  Every time I hear that complaint I have to remind the person voicing the concern that white folks pour into the city for Ravens and Orioles games numerous times during the year and you never hear about safety problems during these events so why would the CIAA Tournament be any different?  Folks have watched too many episodes of The Wire.  As long as you stay in the downtown area and don't go sniffing around the hood you'll be fine.   

Sports Forum / Will Fans Return for CIAA Tourney in Baltimore?
« on: February 14, 2022, 06:42:33 AM »
In addition to lingering COVID fears, many fans are skeptical about attending the CIAA Tournament in Baltimore because of the city’s crime history. Would you/are you going?

Sports Forum / Re: HBCU Attendance: Week 7
« on: October 11, 2021, 08:17:33 PM »

I'm not hating, but Virginia Union reports 5-6,000 people at every one of their home games.  No way!

MSU at Howard  8632

TN Tech at NCCU  2810

VUL at Del State   1628


LU at VUU 6500

St Aug at Livingstone 2700

FSU at Shaw 2243

Bowie at Chowan 1627

WSSU at JCSU 1135

ECSU at VSU 450


Kennesaw St at Hampton (Homecoming) 3983

North Alabama at NC A&T: 6,824

Sports Forum / Re: Will Virginia State Joined the MEAC
« on: October 08, 2021, 09:20:57 AM »
We are the only people who see moving up as something negative.
You hit the nail right on the head. I know at A&T when we look at what we call peer institutions, we include schools that have achieved goals we aspire to.

No way VSU belongs in the CIAA…it’s not about where you are but where you want to be. That’s not a knock on the CIAA it’s a great conference…but VSU out grew that league years ago. You guys should have left when NSU joined the MEAC.

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. You are absolutely correct.  It's not about where we are, but where we want to be....and we're there! WE ARE IN THE CIAA and WE WANT TO BE IN THE CIAA! There are no advantages to spending money we don't have to move up, especially to the MEAC. You talk as if being in the MEAC is a badge of honor.  No one yet has come close to presenting a convincing argument to our Administration, Board of Visitors, students or alumni to support that argument, including MEAC officials.  You also say that we've outgrown the CIAA, yet Bowie State and Fayetteville State have larger enrollments than we do.  Why not go after them?  Should we all move?  Why is VSU the target? 

Sports Forum / Re: Will Virginia State Joined the MEAC
« on: October 08, 2021, 03:59:19 AM »
Obviously, you want us to join, since you’re raising this age old question and rumor, once again. How many times and how many ways do we have to say NO! The majority of our alumni see no advantage in moving

While I understand Bowie State University (two-time defending champion) being #1 and Fayetteville State University (three time runner-up) being #2, I don't understand how Chowan could be chosen #3 over Virginia State University and Virginia Union University when VSU and VUU had better records in 2019. Oh well, this is just a predicted order of finish...the truth will come out on the field.

Is that QB from Dinwiddie still at Chowan? He almost beat VSU single handedly a couple years ago. Definitely had/has a chip on his shoulder for not being recruited by VSU.

The vote on VSU’s Alumni websites indicate overwhelmingly “NO!”

Punchy, I don't think the improvements to Rogers Stadium and building baseball and softball facilities on campus had anything to do with going D1. The baseball team used to play in Colonial Heights and the softball team in Ettrick Park. the renovations to the stadium were desperately needed. as far as the MPC, the bulk of that money came from the state of VA and Chesterfield County. even with a brand new facility, attendance for games is hit and miss. People will show up for Union, Bowie, Norfolk (when they came to us), but people aren't coming to see Elizabeth City or Lincoln. the fee to move up is $1.7M. I guess the people that want to make that move, want to take the $ that was donated. where is the $ supposed to come from to fund the other 30 football scholarships to move to FCS level? to pay the additional staff needed for coaches and support staff? Scholarships for the non revenue sports? I would rather spend that donation $ on improving our academic offerings and campus facilities than to join the already in trouble MEAC just so some can puff their chest out and say my school is D1. There's a difference between D1 and HBCU D1

Excellent analogy. VSU may be the apple of their eye, but we’re happy where we are and have no reason to leave, especially for the almost defunct MEAC! If one more football playing member of the MEAC leaves (which will probably be Del State which has said they are looking at other options), the MEAC will be dissolved or become a D2 conference as they won’t qualify as a D1. So, that’s why they’re going after Kentucky State! They need a fall back in case VSU says HELL NO, which, I think, they suspect we will since the MEAC has been after us for years and we haven’t budged.

Sports Forum / Re: What say you, WSSU Rams and VSU Trojans?
« on: May 12, 2021, 06:15:43 AM »
Slow your roll. Ain’t gonna happen. VSU Alumni are already screaming “NO!” to the high heavens. Our President needs to get his priorities straight. Like several other HBCU’s, we got lucky with an unexpected windfall from MacKenzie Scott and now he wants to blow it moving to a conference that is barely limping across the finish line and virtually dead on arrival. Abdullah is a nice guy and the students love him, but our Board of Visitors needs to exercise more control and direction, as VSU Alumni see him in a different light, especially when it comes to fiscal responsibility.

I agree, as do most of our alumni based on other feedback I've seen since this announcement.  This is a pipe dream for our President who likes to be front and center and take credit for everything, even stuff that happened BEFORE he came to VSU.  This wasn't even under consideration until we received that fat, unrestricted $30m check from MacKenzie Scott so now he wants to blow it moving to D1 and a conference that has no future.  We need to stay put and use that money to fund student scholarships (academic, not athletic) and capital improvements that have been put on the back burner for years. CIAA FOR LIFE!

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