So wait, without a proper heads-up to the MEAC Hampton shockingly announces that they are leaving the conference effective 2018, dictates what they want on their way out the door, and are going public calling foul at how the MEAC has chosen to respond … GTFOHWTBS. That press-release is Hampton’s attempt to punk the MEAC before all this goes to court.
No one is buying all this whining from Hampton about student-athletes and coaches being hung out to dry because they will not be considered for MEAC conference superlatives, the Celebration Bowl, and automatic NCAA tournament berths. No one believes Hampton truly expects the receive the benefits and privileges that go with being in the MEAC when they are leaving. This is just a ploy to get what they really want which is play a full 8-game MEAC football schedule for the 2018 season, hold on to being able to play 3 or 4 MEAC football teams in years following next season, and play MEAC teams in basketball, softball, and volleyball.
Hampton went wrong when they missed the July 1st, deadline and gambled with moving forward with announcing their departure in November. Dropping hints for the last five years of your interest to leave the conference is no substitute for professional curtesy. When Hampton knew joining the Big South was the direction they were going to take a sit-down with the MEAC should have been their next move.