Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hampton U. coach Maynor wants nothing to do with 'guarantee games'

HAMPTON, Virginia-- Forida A&M took on Miami and was pounded 70-3. South Carolina State lost 59-0 at Clemson. Howard fell at Maryland and Rutgers (in consecutive weeks) by a combined score of 104-27.

But for each game, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schools took home a six-figure check. In the world of college football, that's known as a "guarantee game" — as in, guaranteed money for a guaranteed beat down.

Several MEAC members have gone that route over the years — Norfolk State played at Rutgers last season — but Hampton University wants no part of it. True, the Pirates played at Old Dominion on Sept. 3 (a 54-21 loss), but the Monarchs remain in the toddler stages of Bowl Subdivision membership. Also, they're not a Power Five program.

"We're a private school, and we don't necessarily feel we have to play those games to generate money," HU coach Connell Maynor said on the MEAC's teleconference call. "We don't want to play a game and lose 70-7 just for the money.


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