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Unfortunately, the HBCU sports world isn’t exempt from COVID-19’s aftermath. All institutions are evaluating ways to minimize budget figures and the process has led to shifts in HBCU conference realignment. Some HBCUs have begun cutting non-revenue producing sports in order to keep operational costs low despite the need of our representation in said sports. For example, the instability of the MEAC’s travel woes via southern geographic gaps has led to both North Carolina A&T and Florida A&M exiting after the 2020-2021 season. Each HBCU athletic department must act within the best interests of their student-athletes, fans, and respective institutions.

Due to the MEAC’s instability of membership, I have devised several conference realignment scenarios if the MEAC is unable to exist in the near future. Some MEAC members may find homes in regional Division I PWI conferences to keep travel costs low. Other MEAC members might be blackballed from playing in a non-HBCU Division I conference and forced to reclassify back to the Division II ranks to preserve their pre-existing programs. It’s notable that some the realignment will produce lucrative matchups that can maximize ticket revenue from large fan attendances and higher quality television games. The following scenarios may also happen if the HBCU conferences within the NCAA divest from the NCAA in order to form a national HBCU athletic governing body.

Scenario A: 18/14 FB team CIAA, some MEAC schools move to D1 PWI leagues

Bethune-Cookman (Atlantic Sun), South Carolina State (Big South), North Carolina Central (Big South), and Howard (Patriot) find new Division 1 homes in respective PWI conferences.
BCU would join the Atlantic Sun Conference due to its Florida heavy membership. SCSU and NCCU join the Big South because of the Big South’s Carolina heavy membership and longtime rivalries with former MEAC members, NC A&T and Hampton. Howard would likely join the Patriot League due to the group’s all Northeastern private institution makeup and limited to non-scholarship sports format. It also helps that fellow DC neighbor, Georgetown University plays FCS football in the Patriot League.

The remaining 5 MEAC members (Delaware State, Coppin State, UMES, Morgan State, and Norfolk State) drop back down to NCAA Division II and rejoin the CIAA.
Five of the six remaining MEAC exports are in the northern Mid-Atlantic region where two CIAA members also reside (Lincoln (PA), Bowie State). Old rivalries would be rekindled as all 4 Maryland HBCUs battle for bragging rights and Norfolk State encounters in-state rivals in Virginia Union and Virginia State.
In order to even the CIAA’s numbers in basketball and Olympic sports at 18 teams, a non-football playing member in UDC deserves to be added. By granting UDC membership into the CIAA, the North Division becomes even more compact and limits travel to the South Division schools within the Carolinas. In football, NSU is in the North Division and ECSU is in the South Division.
Chowan would be dropped from associate membership in football so that the CIAA Football membership is even at 14 schools.
Certain cross-divisional games would be protected in basketball and Olympic sports by moving the southernmost Virginia team in proximity to the I-85 and I-95 corridor (VSU) and Elizabeth City State to the South Division.

Scenario B: All MEAC schools move to Division II HBCU leagues, 20/16 FB team CIAA, 16/13 FB team SIAC loses CSU & KYSU and adds EWC

Delaware State, Coppin State, Morgan State, UMES, Howard, Norfolk State, and North Carolina Central reclassify to Division II and move back to the CIAA. NC Central would be reunited with six of the seven North Carolina HBCUs and possibly become one of NC A&T’s non-D1 countable games.

UDC is added as a non-football member to bring overall CIAA total at 20 teams. This marks the first time both Washington, DC HBCUs reside in the same conference.
Chowan exits CIAA Football membership to end CIAA Football total at 16 teams.
Certain cross-divisional games would be protected in basketball and Olympic sports by moving the southernmost Virginia team in proximity to the I-85 and I-95 corridor (VSU) to the South Division
CIAA revives baseball sponsorship with 7 teams (LUPA, DSU, UMES, CSU, VSU, NSU, CLAF).
CIAA revives men’s tennis sponsorship with 9 teams (CSU, MSU, HOW, UDC, VSU, NCCU, SHAW, JCSU).
South Carolina State and Bethune-Cookman both reclassify to Division II and rejoin the SIAC.
Central State (OH) leaves the SIAC and cuts travel budgets by moving to the midwestern based, Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC). The GMAC is a PWI conference.
Edward Waters gains all sport membership into the SIAC thus replacing Central State.
SIAC switches to a North and South divisional alignment.
SIAC Football will play a division-less, seven-game schedule that pairs the polar members to their closest seven opponents.

Scenario C: 20/16 FB team CIAA remains from Scenario B, 15/13 team FB SIAC loses CSU & KYSU and adds EWC

South Carolina State and Bethune-Cookman both reclassify to Division II and rejoin the SIAC.
Central State (OH) and Kentucky State cut travel budgets by moving from the SIAC to the midwestern based, Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC).
Edward Waters gains all sport membership into the SIAC thus replacing Central State.
SIAC Olympic sports switches to a 3-division alignment based on polar members (West, East, and South). A geographic-based cross-divisional schedule will be enabled.
SIAC Football shifts to a 14-team structure that splits under two divisions (North and South).
SIAC Football will play an eight-game schedule, six divisional games.
SIAC Football will allot two protected cross-divisional opponents.
SIAC Football division champions will play in the SIAC Football Championship Game at the highest seed.

Scenario D: Northern teams from the CIAA’s Scenario B/C leaves CIAA to form new Mid-Atlantic based conference, 15/13 team SIAC remains from Scenario C

Lincoln (PA), Delaware State, UMES, Coppin State, Morgan State, Bowie State, UDC, Howard, Virginia Union, Virginia State, and Norfolk State leave their respective leagues to form a new Mid-Atlantic based conference. For instance, I’ll name this new HBCU league, the Chesapeake Athletic League (CAL). The CAL’s title origin is based on the 11-member’s proximity to the Chesapeake Bay.
The 8 CAL Football teams play a seven-game conference schedule that leads into a conference championship game between the two highest ranked CAL teams hosted at Audi Field in Washington, DC.
The CIAA shrinks to seven members that span both Carolinas.
The CIAA sticks to the Carolinas footprint by adding South Carolina State and UNC-Pembroke to increase membership to 10 teams and 10 football schools.
Chowan keeps its CIAA Football associate status.
The CIAA North and South Divisions remain intact.
The 8 CIAA Football teams play a seven-game conference schedule that leads to the CIAA Football Championship Game at the highest seed.
The CAL/CIAA Football Challenge is established as a scheduling agreement so that each respective member can play a countable non-conference game towards the NCAA Tournament. This agreement can also lead to filling other HBCU sport non-conference schedules in order to keep generated revenue within our communities.
Central State (OH) and Kentucky State cuts travel budgets by moving from the SIAC to the midwestern based, Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC).
The SIAC adds Bethune-Cookman and Edward Waters. We end at 15 SIAC members and 11 SIAC Football teams.
The SIAC Football becomes divisionless.
The SIAC’s 2 best football teams based on record advance to the SIAC Football Championship Game at the higher seed.
To be honest, I feel like the most realistic scenarios that may manifest are CIAA Scenario A and SIAC Scenario C/D solely based on the minimal conference travel averages. My dream scenario is all three versions of Scenario D based on the true definition of compacted geographic conferences, ability to maximize conference ticket revenue, and a chance for more HBCUs to compete in the respective NCAA Tournaments.

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Re: Potential HBCU Conference Realignment Proposals: CIAA/SIAC
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2020, 11:58:43 AM »
Ok.....so why in the hell was the comments to this post deleted?

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Re: Potential HBCU Conference Realignment Proposals: CIAA/SIAC
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2020, 12:07:06 PM »
Right I was wondering the samething.
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