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Re: Can the CIAA grab some MEAC teams
« Reply #30 on: June 09, 2020, 07:30:10 PM »
If you can't move up to their level, start a campaign to make them move down to your level.  Regression is the key to success. :brickwall:

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« Reply #31 on: June 09, 2020, 08:04:16 PM »
if any meac schools drop down to the ciaa or any d2 conference, they will be there "to stay permanently" because none of them can afford a million dollar plus "application fee" to transition back to the fcs level.  so i think its very unlikely that any meac schools will drop down to the d2 "unless" they've made up their minds never to return to the d1 level.

i also agree that the meac should "consider" financially subsidizing the return of football to umes and perhaps financially subsidize promoting coppin state's non-scholarship "club" football team to fcs standards (though that's far less likely without an influx of a ton of money).

however, umes has been conducting studies in the recent past to bring back football and even started doing some alumni fundraising.  but bringing back football was determined to be too expensive.  perhaps a subsidy from the meac could put them over the hump because i think the meac has a better chance of bringing football back to umes than adding new football playing schools to the conference...

Or,,,,,,,,,,,
maybe we can just keep what we have, and enjoy going to Florida to play BCU every other year in football. Every other school is a bus ride away for NSU. Now, DSU and MSU and HU got a longer bus ride to SCSU(and vice versa), but maybe they can alternate home away schedules with SCSU home-BCU away one year and SCSU away-BCU home the next year. I hope NSU will do that. In the meantime, the MEAC might have to help subsidize BCU away trips because flying to DSU, MSU and Howard and NSU will be very expensive.

good point.  man, i truly pray that the remaining meac schools will not allow this "50 year" hbcu institution to die.  i really regret that my alma mater left the meac for a doggone pwc conference.  i will "regretfully" support my alma mater while in the bsc, but my "heart" will permanently remain in the meac...

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Re: Can the CIAA grab some MEAC teams
« Reply #32 on: June 09, 2020, 08:19:18 PM »
if any meac schools drop down to the ciaa or any d2 conference, they will be there "to stay permanently" because none of them can afford a million dollar plus "application fee" to transition back to the fcs level.  so i think its very unlikely that any meac schools will drop down to the d2 "unless" they've made up their minds never to return to the d1 level.

i also agree that the meac should "consider" financially subsidizing the return of football to umes and perhaps financially subsidize promoting coppin state's non-scholarship "club" football team to fcs standards (though that's far less likely without an influx of a ton of money).

however, umes has been conducting studies in the recent past to bring back football and even started doing some alumni fundraising.  but bringing back football was determined to be too expensive.  perhaps a subsidy from the meac could put them over the hump because i think the meac has a better chance of bringing football back to umes than adding new football playing schools to the conference...

Or,,,,,,,,,,,
maybe we can just keep what we have, and enjoy going to Florida to play BCU every other year in football. Every other school is a bus ride away for NSU. Now, DSU and MSU and HU got a longer bus ride to SCSU(and vice versa), but maybe they can alternate home away schedules with SCSU home-BCU away one year and SCSU away-BCU home the next year. I hope NSU will do that. In the meantime, the MEAC might have to help subsidize BCU away trips because flying to DSU, MSU and Howard and NSU will be very expensive.

good point.  man, i truly pray that the remaining meac schools will not allow this "50 year" hbcu institution to die.  i really regret that my alma mater left the meac for a doggone pwc conference.  i will "regretfully" support my alma mater while in the bsc, but my "heart" will permanently remain in the meac...

Don't blame schools for trying to stay in the black. Blame the conference leadership for failing to come up with solutions to problems

What would you have them do?  Should they have kicked out FAMU and BCU?

Savannah State and WSSU both left D1.  Albany, Morehouse, Clark Atlanta, Va. State and Tuskegee aren't willing to move up.  UMES can't afford football. 

Kennesaw and UNA weren't joining, and West Georgia and West Florida ain't moving up either.  Campbell was already in the Big South in other sports. 

I agree with everyone that Thomas should be fired, and perhaps Dr. Wilson forced from his chairmanship; but it's more optics than anything else.  I'm not sure any commissioner could have implemented long-term solutions to the travel issues.

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Re: Can the CIAA grab some MEAC teams
« Reply #33 on: June 09, 2020, 11:33:56 PM »
easier to join a basketball conference
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« Reply #34 on: June 10, 2020, 12:54:49 AM »
if any meac schools drop down to the ciaa or any d2 conference, they will be there "to stay permanently" because none of them can afford a million dollar plus "application fee" to transition back to the fcs level.  so i think its very unlikely that any meac schools will drop down to the d2 "unless" they've made up their minds never to return to the d1 level.

i also agree that the meac should "consider" financially subsidizing the return of football to umes and perhaps financially subsidize promoting coppin state's non-scholarship "club" football team to fcs standards (though that's far less likely without an influx of a ton of money).

however, umes has been conducting studies in the recent past to bring back football and even started doing some alumni fundraising.  but bringing back football was determined to be too expensive.  perhaps a subsidy from the meac could put them over the hump because i think the meac has a better chance of bringing football back to umes than adding new football playing schools to the conference...

Or,,,,,,,,,,,
maybe we can just keep what we have, and enjoy going to Florida to play BCU every other year in football. Every other school is a bus ride away for NSU. Now, DSU and MSU and HU got a longer bus ride to SCSU(and vice versa), but maybe they can alternate home away schedules with SCSU home-BCU away one year and SCSU away-BCU home the next year. I hope NSU will do that. In the meantime, the MEAC might have to help subsidize BCU away trips because flying to DSU, MSU and Howard and NSU will be very expensive.

good point.  man, i truly pray that the remaining meac schools will not allow this "50 year" hbcu institution to die.  i really regret that my alma mater left the meac for a doggone pwc conference.  i will "regretfully" support my alma mater while in the bsc, but my "heart" will permanently remain in the meac...



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« Reply #35 on: June 10, 2020, 12:56:24 AM »
if any meac schools drop down to the ciaa or any d2 conference, they will be there "to stay permanently" because none of them can afford a million dollar plus "application fee" to transition back to the fcs level.  so i think its very unlikely that any meac schools will drop down to the d2 "unless" they've made up their minds never to return to the d1 level.

i also agree that the meac should "consider" financially subsidizing the return of football to umes and perhaps financially subsidize promoting coppin state's non-scholarship "club" football team to fcs standards (though that's far less likely without an influx of a ton of money).

however, umes has been conducting studies in the recent past to bring back football and even started doing some alumni fundraising.  but bringing back football was determined to be too expensive.  perhaps a subsidy from the meac could put them over the hump because i think the meac has a better chance of bringing football back to umes than adding new football playing schools to the conference...

Or,,,,,,,,,,,
maybe we can just keep what we have, and enjoy going to Florida to play BCU every other year in football. Every other school is a bus ride away for NSU. Now, DSU and MSU and HU got a longer bus ride to SCSU(and vice versa), but maybe they can alternate home away schedules with SCSU home-BCU away one year and SCSU away-BCU home the next year. I hope NSU will do that. In the meantime, the MEAC might have to help subsidize BCU away trips because flying to DSU, MSU and Howard and NSU will be very expensive.

good point.  man, i truly pray that the remaining meac schools will not allow this "50 year" hbcu institution to die.  i really regret that my alma mater left the meac for a doggone pwc conference.  i will "regretfully" support my alma mater while in the bsc, but my "heart" will permanently remain in the meac...

Don't blame schools for trying to stay in the black. Blame the conference leadership for failing to come up with solutions to problems

What would you have them do?  Should they have kicked out FAMU and BCU?

Savannah State and WSSU both left D1.  Albany, Morehouse, Clark Atlanta, Va. State and Tuskegee aren't willing to move up.  UMES can't afford football. 

Kennesaw and UNA weren't joining, and West Georgia and West Florida ain't moving up either.  Campbell was already in the Big South in other sports. 

I agree with everyone that Thomas should be fired, and perhaps Dr. Wilson forced from his chairmanship; but it's more optics than anything else.  I'm not sure any commissioner could have implemented long-term solutions to the travel issues.



I asked before and I will ask again.  Why should Thomas be fired?  I really don't know to much about him. 
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« Reply #36 on: June 10, 2020, 10:38:30 AM »
if any meac schools drop down to the ciaa or any d2 conference, they will be there "to stay permanently" because none of them can afford a million dollar plus "application fee" to transition back to the fcs level.  so i think its very unlikely that any meac schools will drop down to the d2 "unless" they've made up their minds never to return to the d1 level.

i also agree that the meac should "consider" financially subsidizing the return of football to umes and perhaps financially subsidize promoting coppin state's non-scholarship "club" football team to fcs standards (though that's far less likely without an influx of a ton of money).

however, umes has been conducting studies in the recent past to bring back football and even started doing some alumni fundraising.  but bringing back football was determined to be too expensive.  perhaps a subsidy from the meac could put them over the hump because i think the meac has a better chance of bringing football back to umes than adding new football playing schools to the conference...

Or,,,,,,,,,,,
maybe we can just keep what we have, and enjoy going to Florida to play BCU every other year in football. Every other school is a bus ride away for NSU. Now, DSU and MSU and HU got a longer bus ride to SCSU(and vice versa), but maybe they can alternate home away schedules with SCSU home-BCU away one year and SCSU away-BCU home the next year. I hope NSU will do that. In the meantime, the MEAC might have to help subsidize BCU away trips because flying to DSU, MSU and Howard and NSU will be very expensive.

good point.  man, i truly pray that the remaining meac schools will not allow this "50 year" hbcu institution to die.  i really regret that my alma mater left the meac for a doggone pwc conference.  i will "regretfully" support my alma mater while in the bsc, but my "heart" will permanently remain in the meac...

Don't blame schools for trying to stay in the black. Blame the conference leadership for failing to come up with solutions to problems

What would you have them do?  Should they have kicked out FAMU and BCU?

Savannah State and WSSU both left D1.  Albany, Morehouse, Clark Atlanta, Va. State and Tuskegee aren't willing to move up.  UMES can't afford football. 

Kennesaw and UNA weren't joining, and West Georgia and West Florida ain't moving up either.  Campbell was already in the Big South in other sports. 

I agree with everyone that Thomas should be fired, and perhaps Dr. Wilson forced from his chairmanship; but it's more optics than anything else.  I'm not sure any commissioner could have implemented long-term solutions to the travel issues.



I asked before and I will ask again.  Why should Thomas be fired?  I really don't know to much about him.

At this point, he's a scapegoat.  Clearly, he moves at the whim of his bosses.  He's had some great successes, including securing office space, keeping the MEAC out of the red fiscally, and increasing corporate partnerships. 

But during his tenure, three schools have joined the MEAC and five schools have left, including three that are considered premier institutions.  To make a comparison, Dan Beebe suffered a similar fate after the Big 12 lost Missouri, Texas A&M, Colorado and Nebraska.  If there are any presidents who are still disgruntled, something drastic must be done to bring them back into the fold. 

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« Reply #37 on: June 10, 2020, 01:21:17 PM »
if any meac schools drop down to the ciaa or any d2 conference, they will be there "to stay permanently" because none of them can afford a million dollar plus "application fee" to transition back to the fcs level.  so i think its very unlikely that any meac schools will drop down to the d2 "unless" they've made up their minds never to return to the d1 level.

i also agree that the meac should "consider" financially subsidizing the return of football to umes and perhaps financially subsidize promoting coppin state's non-scholarship "club" football team to fcs standards (though that's far less likely without an influx of a ton of money).

however, umes has been conducting studies in the recent past to bring back football and even started doing some alumni fundraising.  but bringing back football was determined to be too expensive.  perhaps a subsidy from the meac could put them over the hump because i think the meac has a better chance of bringing football back to umes than adding new football playing schools to the conference...

Or,,,,,,,,,,,
maybe we can just keep what we have, and enjoy going to Florida to play BCU every other year in football. Every other school is a bus ride away for NSU. Now, DSU and MSU and HU got a longer bus ride to SCSU(and vice versa), but maybe they can alternate home away schedules with SCSU home-BCU away one year and SCSU away-BCU home the next year. I hope NSU will do that. In the meantime, the MEAC might have to help subsidize BCU away trips because flying to DSU, MSU and Howard and NSU will be very expensive.

good point.  man, i truly pray that the remaining meac schools will not allow this "50 year" hbcu institution to die.  i really regret that my alma mater left the meac for a doggone pwc conference.  i will "regretfully" support my alma mater while in the bsc, but my "heart" will permanently remain in the meac...

Don't blame schools for trying to stay in the black. Blame the conference leadership for failing to come up with solutions to problems

What would you have them do?  Should they have kicked out FAMU and BCU?

Savannah State and WSSU both left D1.  Albany, Morehouse, Clark Atlanta, Va. State and Tuskegee aren't willing to move up.  UMES can't afford football. 

Kennesaw and UNA weren't joining, and West Georgia and West Florida ain't moving up either.  Campbell was already in the Big South in other sports. 

I agree with everyone that Thomas should be fired, and perhaps Dr. Wilson forced from his chairmanship; but it's more optics than anything else.  I'm not sure any commissioner could have implemented long-term solutions to the travel issues.

Schools have been complaining about travel for years. He could have created some kinda of revenue sharing to offset the travel costs.

Increase conference corporate sponsorships

There was no strategic plan for an issue that has been there for 10 years or more. Needed to be addressed

 

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« Reply #38 on: June 10, 2020, 01:34:22 PM »
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« Reply #39 on: June 10, 2020, 03:15:17 PM »
if any meac schools drop down to the ciaa or any d2 conference, they will be there "to stay permanently" because none of them can afford a million dollar plus "application fee" to transition back to the fcs level.  so i think its very unlikely that any meac schools will drop down to the d2 "unless" they've made up their minds never to return to the d1 level.

i also agree that the meac should "consider" financially subsidizing the return of football to umes and perhaps financially subsidize promoting coppin state's non-scholarship "club" football team to fcs standards (though that's far less likely without an influx of a ton of money).

however, umes has been conducting studies in the recent past to bring back football and even started doing some alumni fundraising.  but bringing back football was determined to be too expensive.  perhaps a subsidy from the meac could put them over the hump because i think the meac has a better chance of bringing football back to umes than adding new football playing schools to the conference...

Or,,,,,,,,,,,
maybe we can just keep what we have, and enjoy going to Florida to play BCU every other year in football. Every other school is a bus ride away for NSU. Now, DSU and MSU and HU got a longer bus ride to SCSU(and vice versa), but maybe they can alternate home away schedules with SCSU home-BCU away one year and SCSU away-BCU home the next year. I hope NSU will do that. In the meantime, the MEAC might have to help subsidize BCU away trips because flying to DSU, MSU and Howard and NSU will be very expensive.

good point.  man, i truly pray that the remaining meac schools will not allow this "50 year" hbcu institution to die.  i really regret that my alma mater left the meac for a doggone pwc conference.  i will "regretfully" support my alma mater while in the bsc, but my "heart" will permanently remain in the meac...

Don't blame schools for trying to stay in the black. Blame the conference leadership for failing to come up with solutions to problems

What would you have them do?  Should they have kicked out FAMU and BCU?

Savannah State and WSSU both left D1.  Albany, Morehouse, Clark Atlanta, Va. State and Tuskegee aren't willing to move up.  UMES can't afford football. 

Kennesaw and UNA weren't joining, and West Georgia and West Florida ain't moving up either.  Campbell was already in the Big South in other sports. 

I agree with everyone that Thomas should be fired, and perhaps Dr. Wilson forced from his chairmanship; but it's more optics than anything else.  I'm not sure any commissioner could have implemented long-term solutions to the travel issues.



I asked before and I will ask again.  Why should Thomas be fired?  I really don't know to much about him.

At this point, he's a scapegoat.  Clearly, he moves at the whim of his bosses.  He's had some great successes, including securing office space, keeping the MEAC out of the red fiscally, and increasing corporate partnerships. 

But during his tenure, three schools have joined the MEAC and five schools have left, including three that are considered premier institutions.  To make a comparison, Dan Beebe suffered a similar fate after the Big 12 lost Missouri, Texas A&M, Colorado and Nebraska.  If there are any presidents who are still disgruntled, something drastic must be done to bring them back into the fold.



I see.  Kind of mixed reasons.  Seems like the recent teams that left, what could he have done to keep them?  I mean, being in the MEAC 50 years and now complaining about travel is not going to cut it.  I understand FAMU's decision, it makes a lot of sense.  It also made sense for them being in the MEAC when they wanted to compete for a championship.  When that vision changed, sure the SWAC is a better fit.  I didn't know those schools were fighting him for change.  :shrug:
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« Reply #40 on: June 10, 2020, 03:23:17 PM »
if any meac schools drop down to the ciaa or any d2 conference, they will be there "to stay permanently" because none of them can afford a million dollar plus "application fee" to transition back to the fcs level.  so i think its very unlikely that any meac schools will drop down to the d2 "unless" they've made up their minds never to return to the d1 level.

i also agree that the meac should "consider" financially subsidizing the return of football to umes and perhaps financially subsidize promoting coppin state's non-scholarship "club" football team to fcs standards (though that's far less likely without an influx of a ton of money).

however, umes has been conducting studies in the recent past to bring back football and even started doing some alumni fundraising.  but bringing back football was determined to be too expensive.  perhaps a subsidy from the meac could put them over the hump because i think the meac has a better chance of bringing football back to umes than adding new football playing schools to the conference...

Or,,,,,,,,,,,
maybe we can just keep what we have, and enjoy going to Florida to play BCU every other year in football. Every other school is a bus ride away for NSU. Now, DSU and MSU and HU got a longer bus ride to SCSU(and vice versa), but maybe they can alternate home away schedules with SCSU home-BCU away one year and SCSU away-BCU home the next year. I hope NSU will do that. In the meantime, the MEAC might have to help subsidize BCU away trips because flying to DSU, MSU and Howard and NSU will be very expensive.

good point.  man, i truly pray that the remaining meac schools will not allow this "50 year" hbcu institution to die.  i really regret that my alma mater left the meac for a doggone pwc conference.  i will "regretfully" support my alma mater while in the bsc, but my "heart" will permanently remain in the meac...

Don't blame schools for trying to stay in the black. Blame the conference leadership for failing to come up with solutions to problems

What would you have them do?  Should they have kicked out FAMU and BCU?

Savannah State and WSSU both left D1.  Albany, Morehouse, Clark Atlanta, Va. State and Tuskegee aren't willing to move up.  UMES can't afford football. 

Kennesaw and UNA weren't joining, and West Georgia and West Florida ain't moving up either.  Campbell was already in the Big South in other sports. 

I agree with everyone that Thomas should be fired, and perhaps Dr. Wilson forced from his chairmanship; but it's more optics than anything else.  I'm not sure any commissioner could have implemented long-term solutions to the travel issues.

Schools have been complaining about travel for years. He could have created some kinda of revenue sharing to offset the travel costs.

Increase conference corporate sponsorships

There was no strategic plan for an issue that has been there for 10 years or more. Needed to be addressed

Interesting.  How does this work (ie where does the revenue come from) and were the school presidents willing to try this?  Was it voted down, or was it ever mentioned?

We're talking hundreds of thousands of dollars in travel offset.  Is this feasible?

A simpler solution would have been to split into two divisions and host a championship game.  Why didn't this happen?  Who were the dissenting voices?  Again, Thomas is a scapegoat, but it seems that the presidents were the ones who were divided.   

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« Reply #41 on: June 10, 2020, 03:26:47 PM »
if any meac schools drop down to the ciaa or any d2 conference, they will be there "to stay permanently" because none of them can afford a million dollar plus "application fee" to transition back to the fcs level.  so i think its very unlikely that any meac schools will drop down to the d2 "unless" they've made up their minds never to return to the d1 level.

i also agree that the meac should "consider" financially subsidizing the return of football to umes and perhaps financially subsidize promoting coppin state's non-scholarship "club" football team to fcs standards (though that's far less likely without an influx of a ton of money).

however, umes has been conducting studies in the recent past to bring back football and even started doing some alumni fundraising.  but bringing back football was determined to be too expensive.  perhaps a subsidy from the meac could put them over the hump because i think the meac has a better chance of bringing football back to umes than adding new football playing schools to the conference...

Or,,,,,,,,,,,
maybe we can just keep what we have, and enjoy going to Florida to play BCU every other year in football. Every other school is a bus ride away for NSU. Now, DSU and MSU and HU got a longer bus ride to SCSU(and vice versa), but maybe they can alternate home away schedules with SCSU home-BCU away one year and SCSU away-BCU home the next year. I hope NSU will do that. In the meantime, the MEAC might have to help subsidize BCU away trips because flying to DSU, MSU and Howard and NSU will be very expensive.

good point.  man, i truly pray that the remaining meac schools will not allow this "50 year" hbcu institution to die.  i really regret that my alma mater left the meac for a doggone pwc conference.  i will "regretfully" support my alma mater while in the bsc, but my "heart" will permanently remain in the meac...

Don't blame schools for trying to stay in the black. Blame the conference leadership for failing to come up with solutions to problems

What would you have them do?  Should they have kicked out FAMU and BCU?

Savannah State and WSSU both left D1.  Albany, Morehouse, Clark Atlanta, Va. State and Tuskegee aren't willing to move up.  UMES can't afford football. 

Kennesaw and UNA weren't joining, and West Georgia and West Florida ain't moving up either.  Campbell was already in the Big South in other sports. 

I agree with everyone that Thomas should be fired, and perhaps Dr. Wilson forced from his chairmanship; but it's more optics than anything else.  I'm not sure any commissioner could have implemented long-term solutions to the travel issues.



I asked before and I will ask again.  Why should Thomas be fired?  I really don't know to much about him.

At this point, he's a scapegoat.  Clearly, he moves at the whim of his bosses.  He's had some great successes, including securing office space, keeping the MEAC out of the red fiscally, and increasing corporate partnerships. 

But during his tenure, three schools have joined the MEAC and five schools have left, including three that are considered premier institutions.  To make a comparison, Dan Beebe suffered a similar fate after the Big 12 lost Missouri, Texas A&M, Colorado and Nebraska.  If there are any presidents who are still disgruntled, something drastic must be done to bring them back into the fold.



I see.  Kind of mixed reasons.  Seems like the recent teams that left, what could he have done to keep them?  I mean, being in the MEAC 50 years and now complaining about travel is not going to cut it.  I understand FAMU's decision, it makes a lot of sense.  It also made sense for them being in the MEAC when they wanted to compete for a championship.  When that vision changed, sure the SWAC is a better fit.  I didn't know those schools were fighting him for change.  :shrug:

FAMU should have left when we gave up our auto-bid.  With a hostile Florida legislature and annual deficits, their problems were matched with an opportunity.  I can't blame them for leaving. 

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« Reply #42 on: June 10, 2020, 03:57:17 PM »
A few months ago I was very critical of A&T leaving the MEAC and joining the Big South. I warned that their leaving was bad for all HBCUs. Many of you slammed me for my comments. However, A&T's leaving is what's causing the situation we're in now. Our existence was already fragile and now it will never be the same.Many of our schools will be looking for an identity and a home for the next 40 years.

The MEAC has lost their biggest National brands when it comes to HBCU sports. It will be a very watered down conference in the minds of most sports fans. None of the remaining schools has that "got to see" team. SCSU at one point had it but is now a shell of their former selves. The SWAC is once again the premier HBCU conference by far. If A&T and Hampton don't return soon, the MEAC will simply fade away. Even if they add a few schools from the CIAA, that would not be good enough. The CIAA has some good DII programs, but none of them carry the prestige of the schools the MEAC has lost.
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« Reply #43 on: June 10, 2020, 08:01:07 PM »
A few months ago I was very critical of A&T leaving the MEAC and joining the Big South. I warned that their leaving was bad for all HBCUs. Many of you slammed me for my comments. However, A&T's leaving is what's causing the situation we're in now. Our existence was already fragile and now it will never be the same.Many of our schools will be looking for an identity and a home for the next 40 years.

The MEAC has lost their biggest National brands when it comes to HBCU sports. It will be a very watered down conference in the minds of most sports fans. None of the remaining schools has that "got to see" team. SCSU at one point had it but is now a shell of their former selves. The SWAC is once again the premier HBCU conference by far. If A&T and Hampton don't return soon, the MEAC will simply fade away. Even if they add a few schools from the CIAA, that would not be good enough. The CIAA has some good DII programs, but none of them carry the prestige of the schools the MEAC has lost.

The MEAC will be fine.   A&T and FAMU departing will not kill the conference.  Besides, those two will continue competing against the MEAC each year.Those two will not squander  a dollar on how they FEEL or turn their backs on an old friend to save face.  IF you can't do it , get out of the advise business.  :nod:
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Re: Can the CIAA grab some MEAC teams
« Reply #44 on: June 10, 2020, 08:47:56 PM »
And when either Hampton and A&T go 2-0 against the MEAC but fail to win the Big South; they're going to receive the Celebration Bowl bid. 

It can happen as soon as 2021. Does it make sense for multiple MEAC teams to play them, after that happens?

 

 

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