Thursday, August 18, 2016
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida -- Since 2008, the annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge has been played in Orlando. This year, the HBCU conferences’ battle will be in Daytona Beach with the Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats taking on the Alcorn State University Braves.
The game, owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, showcases teams from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). The conferences have the largest football programs among historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
Sept. 4 game
The game, pitting B-CU against the Mississippi HBCU will be played at Municipal Stadium in Daytona Beach on Sept. 4 with a 1 p.m. kickoff. It will be aired live on ESPN as Bethune-Cookman (MEAC) hosts Alcorn State (SWAC).
“It is a unique situation. They have changed the whole approach. They will be taking it from campus to campus now for the next couple of years. We are honored and proud to be able to host it. We are very excited. This gives us a three-hour infomercial on national TV. It’s the only game on TV and the only game in town,’’ said Lynn Thompson, Bethune-Cookman University’s vice president of Intercollegiate Athletics.