Tuesday, June 21, 2016

MEAC, SWAC football schedules feature several matches on ESPN networks

Games will highlight traditional and emerging rivalries

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida -- The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) have released their 2016 TV schedules for football season.

The MEAC schedule features eight regular-season matchups set to be on ESPN, ESPNU, ESPN Classic and ESPN3. The schedule begins with the 12th annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge, featuring Bethune-Cookman University vs. Alcorn State University on Sept. 4 at 1 p.m. EST on ESPN.

The MEAC/SWAC Challenge will be played in Daytona Beach, Florida, and is also known as the Battle of the Beach. The Sept. 4 game will kick off a new era in the SWAC for Alcorn State football coach Fred McNair, who was hired in February. That same day at 5 p.m. CST on ESPNU, Texas Southern University will help conference rival Prairie View A&M University break in its new football stadium with the Labor Day Classic. The 2016 SWAC schedule includes 14 contests across six networks. Eight of the 10 member institutions will either be featured on ABC, ESPN, ESPNU, ESPN3, the SEC Network or NBC Sports Network.

“We are excited about the 2016 football television schedule that offers our fans many ways to stay tuned into their favorite MEAC football team,” said MEAC commissioner Dennis Thomas. “Our partnership with ESPN continues to showcase our talented student-athletes, coaches and institutions through multiple ESPN platforms and further illustrates this tremendous partnership we have built over the years with the worldwide leader in sports.”


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