North Carolina Central to join MEAC

Saying that the institution is ‘a perfect fit’ for the conference, MEAC officials announced Thursday that North Carolina Central University will become the conference’s 13th member in July 2010.

NCCU was an original member of the MEAC, which has been in existence since 1969, and remained in the fold for 10 years. From 1979-2007, NCCU competed in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) as a member of Division II.

“I an elated to have such an outstanding academic institution as North Carolina Central to return to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference,” MEAC Commissioner Dennis Thomas said in a release on the conference’s website. “NCCU is a perfect fit for the MEAC.”

NCCU will join Bethune-Cookman, Coppin State, Delaware State, Florida A&M, Hampton, Howard, Maryland Eastern Shore, Morgan State, Norfolk State, North Carolina A&T, South Carolina State and Winston-Salem State in the MEAC next year. Thomas added that the confernece has a long-range plan of adding a 14th member institution.

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Greg

September 10th, 2009
1:29 pm

As a grad from A&T, I look forward to beating Central in every sport over the following years :)

Marcus

September 10th, 2009
3:00 pm

Good addition. I am interested to see how this thing plays out with other rumored expansion candidates (Winston-Salem State and/or Savannah State), the onset of MEAC divisional alignment and the conf. direction for post-season play (Playoffs or resurrected Heritage Bowl).

I vote to stay a playoff league.

Eagle Fan

September 10th, 2009
4:40 pm

Welcome back to the MEAC! Congrats Eagles…

Reader

September 10th, 2009
5:35 pm

Congrats NCCU!

WSSU Rams

September 23rd, 2009
12:34 pm

In case you haven’t heard WSSU has decided not to continue it’s move to DI. Instead, the university intends to stay in DII and will reapply for reinstatement back to the CIAA. Expenses, insufficient fund raising and the lack of owning it’s own sports facilities were a few of the reasons cited.

Eagle will soar!

September 27th, 2009
5:15 am

With serious efforts being put into the NCCU athletic programs competition will be surprised at NCCU’ s growth.

Will J.

October 1st, 2009
12:04 pm

It’s about time. I love my alma mater. Congrats North Carolina Central University!

N.C.C.U. + M.E.A.C. = The Black A.C.C.

October 1st, 2009
11:56 pm

Great blog Leo, Many thanks to you and the AJC for keeping up with the goings-on in the world of Black College athletics, academics and politics and bringing it all together on a blog at the top newspaper here in the “Black Mecca” of the world, Atlanta, Georgia. This is an invaluable service that you provide and I hope that you keep up the good work!

Also, many congratulations to North Carolina Central University and the Eagle Nation on rejoining the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Already a well-kept secret hidden in the long shadows of nearby big-name and much more expensive UNC Chapel Hill and Duke for much of its history as many black and white North Carolina and Southeastern professionals, social and political elites have taken advantage of a low cost high-quality education, especially at the very-much underrated schools of law and finance (Chapel Hill, NC Mayor Kevin Foy, Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson and many NC governors and big-time NC/SE lawyers among them) NCCU has continued to make great strides in recent years in athletics and, most importantly, academics. Central was supposed to rejoin the MEAC much sooner, but its membership bid and the process that accompanies it was almost put on hold when NC A&T refused to vote with the rest of the MEAC to allow NCCU back into the conference as a reaction to the aftermath of an extremely violent bench-clearing brawl during a football game between the two heated rivals in 2007 as the approval of all existing member schools are needed to admit any new member institutions. I’m happy that A&T finally decided to vote to allow Central back into the fold. NCCU needs the MEAC just as much as the MEAC needs NCCU and the rest of its member and affiliate institutions to survive and advance their goals as critically important educational entities. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: HBCUs like NCCU, NC A&T and those that comprise the MEAC, the SWAC, the CIAA, the SIAC and other affiliated institutions were giving African-Americans access to higher education and professional life long before big-name mainstream schools like UNC and Duke would give them the time of day. There was a time not all that long ago when the only way that an African-American could get onto either of the campuses of a Duke, a UNC and the like was either to be a low-wage menial employee or a high-performing athlete. While HBCUs like NCCU have advanced their missions far enough to now attract the kinds of elite students that are a staple of the student bodies at a Duke or UNC, HBCUs like NCCU still give chances to students of all colors that wouldn’t get a first look, much less a second look, by the admissions committees at a Duke or UNC. Despite the acceptance of African-Americans into the mainstream of American life, HBCUs still serve a vital role in providing educational opportunities to those who wouldn’t necessarily get those opportunities elsewhere.

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