Wednesday, July 20, 2016

NC Central Coach Jerry Mack and players eye Celebration Bowl

CARY, North Carolina -- North Carolina Central Coach Jerry Mack begins only his fourth season, but he has the Eagles seeking a third conference title in a row at the same time they enjoy the best of two national championship worlds.

That takes some clarification.

NC Central is a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference member that is playing first and foremost for a bid to the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl.

The Celebration Bowl in Atlanta made its debut last year, with the backing of ESPN money and exposure. The national championship game matches champions from the MEAC and Southwestern Athletic Conference, two long-standing leagues among Historically Black College and Universities

But Mack also tells his team if it comes up short of the Celebration Bowl, they need to compile a MEAC runner-up season worthy of earning one of the 16 bids into the Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

“We like that the MEAC and SWAC have a chance to play in a bowl game in Atlanta,” said Mack, “and our guys also have a chance to compete in the FBS playoffs.”


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