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.