Tuesday, March 8, 2016

MEAC spring football primer

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania  -- The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference began sending its champion to the Celebration Bowl this past December.

In fact, North Carolina A&T won the inaugural bowl against Alcorn State of the Southwestern Athletic Conference to claim the mythical national championship of historically black colleges.

Leading up to the selection of the FCS playoff field, MEAC commissioner Dr. Dennis Thomas made it a point to remind the selection committee that the other MEAC programs not playing in the Celebration Bowl were eligible for at-large bids to the field.

It didn't happen, although Bethune-Cookman (9-2) and North Carolina Central (8-3) probably were in the mix after they ended the regular season sharing the MEAC title with North Carolina A&T (10-2).

But it figures to happen in the future. MEAC schools tend to have tough nonconference schedules - some might say too tough - to potentially draw national attention. With some upsets, the MEAC's stature will keep growing.

Three of last year's top four finishers are playing...


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