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Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Established: 1970
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference logo

NCAA Division I FCS
Members 12
Sports fielded 15 (men's: 7; women's: 8)
Region East Coast
Headquarters Virginia Beach, Virginia
Commissioner Dennis E. Thomas (since 2002)
Website www.meacsports.com
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference locations

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) is a collegiate athletic conference of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the Southeastern United States. It participates in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I, and in football, in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

Currently, the MEAC has automatic qualifying bids for NCAA postseason play in baseball (since 1994), men’s basketball (since 1981), women’s basketball (since 1982), football (since 1996), softball (since 1995), men and women’s tennis (since 1998), and volleyball (since 1994). Bowling was officially sanctioned as a MEAC governed sport in 1999. Before that season, the MEAC was the first conference to secure NCAA sanctioning for women’s bowling by adopting the club sport prior to the 1996-97 school year.



Locations of current Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference full member institutions.

In 1969, a group, whose members were long associated with interscholastic athletics, met in Durham, NC with the purpose of discussing the organization of a new conference. After the formulation of a committee, and their research reported, seven institutions: Delaware State University, Howard University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Morgan State University, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina Central University and South Carolina State College agreed to become the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.[1] The conference's main goals were to establish and supervise an intercollegiate athletic program among a group of educational institutions that shared the same academic standards and philosophy of co-curricular activities and seek status as a Division I conference for all of its sports.

The conference was confirmed in 1970, and had its first season of competition in football in 1971. The MEAC has had to date, three full-time commissioners. [1] In 1978, the MEAC selected its first full-time commissioner, Kenneth A. Free, who served as Commissioner until he resigned in 1995. He was succeeded by Charles S Harris, who served at the position until 2002. On September 1, 2002, Dennis E. Thomas became the conference’s commissioner.

The MEAC experienced its first expansion in 1979 when Bethune-Cookman College (Now Bethune-Cookman University) and Florida A&M University were admitted as new members. That same year, founding members Morgan State University, North Carolina Central University and University of Maryland Eastern Shore withdrew from the conference. All schools, with the exception of North Carolina Central returned to the conference with Maryland Eastern Shore in 1981 and Morgan State in 1984.

On June 8, 1980, the MEAC was classified as a Division I conference by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Prior to that year, the league operated as a Division II conference. The following month the MEAC received an automatic qualification to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

In 1984, membership in the MEAC again changed as Florida A&M chose to leave. The university would return to the conference two years later. Coppin State College, now Coppin State University, joined the conference in 1985. The MEAC would find stability with its membership until the addition of Virginia universities; Hampton and Norfolk State in 1995 and 1997 respectively. For the next 10 years, the MEAC would remain an 11 member conference. In 2007, former CIAA member Winston-Salem State University was granted membership, but announced on September 11, 2009 that it would return to Division II at the end of 2009-2010 and apply to return to the CIAA. [2]



Current members

Membership in the MEAC has fluctuated through the years, but now stands at twelve schools, including six of the founding members. [3]

Institution  Nickname  Location  Founded  Type Tenure NCAA Championships
Bethune-Cookman Wildcats Daytona Beach, Florida 1904 Private 1979–present
Coppin State Eagles Baltimore, Maryland 1900 Public 1985–present
Delaware State Hornets Dover, Delaware 1891 Public 1970–present
Florida A&M Rattlers Tallahassee, Florida 1887 Public 1979–1984,
1 (1978)
Hampton Pirates Hampton, Virginia 1868 Private 1995–present
Howard Bison Washington, D.C. 1867 Private 1970–present
Maryland - Eastern Shore Hawks Princess Anne, Maryland 1886 Public 1970–1979,
Morgan State Bears Baltimore, Maryland 1867 Public 1970–1979,
Norfolk State Spartans Norfolk, Virginia 1935 Public 1997–present
North Carolina A&T Aggies Greensboro, North Carolina 1891 Public 1970–present
South Carolina State Bulldogs Orangeburg, South Carolina 1896 Public 1970–present
Winston-Salem State Rams Winston-Salem, North Carolina 1892 Public 2008–2010

Future members

Division I Independent Schools,North Carolina Central University and Savannah State University were announced as the newest members of the MEAC on September 10, 2009 and March 10, 2010 respectively. North Carolina Central University will re-join the conference effective July 1, 2010, while Savannah State University will will be granted full membership status once they have satisified certain scholarship, staffing, and budget requirements mandated by the MEAC.[4][5] NCCU was one of seven founding member institutions of the MEAC, but withdrew from the conference in 1979, opting to remain a Division II member when the conference reclassified to Division I.[4] Savannah State originally applied for membership into the MEAC in 2006 but faced an NCAA probationary period soon after. Membership was then deferred until the completion of the imposed probation period, which ended in May of 2009. Savannah State then resubmitted their application for membership again in 2009. [5]

Institution  Nickname  Location  Founded  Years of Previous MEAC Membership Former Conference  Type   Enrollment 
 North Carolina Central  Eagles  Durham, North Carolina  1909 1970-1979 CIAA
Div. I Independent
Public 8,500
Savannah State Tigers Savannah, Georgia 1890 None SIAC
Div. I Independent
Public 3,820 [6]

Membership timeline

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Conference facilities

School Football stadium  Capacity  Basketball arena  Capacity 
Bethune-Cookman Municipal Stadium 10,000 Moore Gymnasium 3,000
Coppin State Non-football school Physical Education Complex 4,100
Delaware State Alumni Stadium 7,000 Memorial Hall 3,000
Florida A&M Bragg Memorial Stadium 25,500 Teaching Gym 9,000
Hampton University Armstrong Stadium 17,000 Hampton Convocation Center 7,200
Howard University William H. Greene Stadium 10,000 Burr Gymnasium 2,700
Maryland - Eastern Shore Non-football school Hytche Athletic Center 5,500
Morgan State Hughes Stadium 10,000 Talmadge L. Hill Field House 4,250
Norfolk State William "Dick" Price Stadium 30,000  Joseph G. Echols Memorial Hall  7,000
 North Carolina A&T  Aggie Stadium 22,000 Corbett Sports Center 5,700
 North Carolina Central  O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium 10,000 McLendon-McDougald Gymnasium 3,056
Savannah State  Ted Wright Stadium  7,500 Tiger Arena 6,000
South Carolina State  Oliver C. Dawson Stadium  22,000 SHM Memorial Center 3,200
Winston-Salem State Bowman Gray Stadium 22,000 LJVM Coliseum Annex 4,000


Member universities compete in the following sports:


Current Champions

Sport School
Baseball Bethune-Cookman
Basketball (W) North Carolina A&T
Basketball (M) Morgan State
Bowling Delaware State
Cross Country (W) Maryland Eastern Shore
Cross Country (M) Norfolk State
Sport School
Football South Carolina State
Indoor Track & Field (W) Norfolk State
Indoor Track & Field (M) Norfolk State
Outdoor Track & Field (W) Hampton
Outdoor Track & Field (M) Norfolk State
Sport School
Softball Florida A&M
Tennis (W) South Carolina State
Tennis (M) South Carolina State
Volleyball Florida A&M


 Season  Champion(s)
1971 Morgan State
1972 North Carolina Central
1973 North Carolina Central
1974 South Carolina State
1975 South Carolina State
1976 South Carolina State
1977 South Carolina State
1978 South Carolina State
1979 Morgan State
1980 South Carolina State
1981 South Carolina State
1982 South Carolina State
1983 South Carolina State
1984 Bethune-Cookman
1985 Delaware State
1986  North Carolina A&T State 
1987 Howard
1988 Bethune-Cookman
Delaware State
Florida A&M
1989 Delaware State
1990 Florida A&M
1991 North Carolina A&T State
1992 North Carolina A&T State
1993 Howard
1994 South Carolina State
1995 Florida A&M
1996 Florida A&M
1997 Hampton
1998 Florida A&M
1999 North Carolina A&T State
2000 Florida A&M
2001 Florida A&M
2002 Bethune-Cookman
2003 North Carolina A&T State
2004 Hampton
South Carolina State
2005 Hampton
2006 Hampton
2007 Delaware State
2008 South Carolina State
2009 South Carolina State

Men's basketball

On June 8, 1980, the MEAC earned the classification as a Division I conference by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Since 1981, the MEAC has received an qualifying bid to for NCAA post season play in the sport of basketball. In two cases, MEAC schools seeded 15th (Coppin State in 1997, Hampton in 2001) defeated second-seeded teams in the NCAA tournament.

 Season   Regular season champion(s)  Tournament champion
1972 North Carolina A&T State  North Carolina A&T State 
1973 Maryland-Eastern Shore North Carolina A&T State
1974 Maryland-Eastern Shore Maryland-Eastern Shore
1975 North Carolina A&T State North Carolina A&T State
1976 North Carolina A&T State North Carolina A&T State
1977 South Carolina State Morgan State
1978 North Carolina A&T State North Carolina A&T State
1979 North Carolina A&T State North Carolina A&T State
1980 Howard Howard
1981 North Carolina A&T State Howard
1982 North Carolina A&T State North Carolina A&T State
1983 Howard North Carolina A&T State
1984 North Carolina A&T State North Carolina A&T State
1985 North Carolina A&T State North Carolina A&T State
1986 North Carolina A&T State North Carolina A&T State
1987 Howard North Carolina A&T State
1988 North Carolina A&T State North Carolina A&T State
1989 South Carolina State South Carolina State
1990 Coppin State Coppin State University
1991 Coppin State Florida A&M
1992 Howard Howard
1993 Coppin State Coppin State
1994 Coppin State North Carolina A&T State
1995 Coppin State North Carolina A&T State
1996 Coppin State
South Carolina State
South Carolina State
1997 Coppin State Coppin State
1998 Coppin State South Carolina State
1999 South Carolina State
Coppin State
Florida A&M
2000 South Carolina State South Carolina State
2001 Hampton Hampton
2002 Hampton Hampton
2003 South Carolina State South Carolina State
2004 South Carolina State
Coppin State
Florida A&M
2005 Delaware State Delaware State
2006 Delaware State Hampton
2007 Delaware State Florida A&M
2008 Morgan State Coppin State
2009 Morgan State Morgan State
2010 Morgan State Morgan State

Tournaments Performance by school

School Championships Championship Years
North Carolina A&T State
1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1994, 1995
South Carolina State
1989, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003
Coppin State
1990, 1993, 1997, 2008
Florida A&M
1991, 1994, 2004, 2007
1980, 1981, 1992
2001, 2002, 2006
Morgan State
1977, 2009, 2010
Maryland-Eastern Shore
Delaware State

Women's basketball

 Season   Regular season champion(s)  Tournament champion
1978 South Carolina State
1979 South Carolina State
1982 Howard
1983 South Carolina State
1984 South Carolina State Bethune-Cookman
1985 South Carolina State Howard
1986 South Carolina State South Carolina State
1987 Howard Howard
1988 North Carolina A&T State Howard
1989 North Carolina A&T State Howard
1990 North Carolina A&T State Howard
1991 South Carolina State Coppin State
1992 South Carolina State South Carolina State
1993 South Carolina State
Coppin State
Florida A&M
South Carolina State
1994 South Carolina State  North Carolina A&T State 
1995 Florida A&M Florida A&M
1996 Florida A&M Howard
1997 Howard Howard
1998 Howard Howard
1999 Hampton Florida A&M
2000 Howard Hampton
2001 Howard Howard
2002 Howard Norfolk State
2003 Hampton Hampton
2004 Delaware State
2005 Coppin State Coppin State
2006 Coppin State Coppin State
2007 Coppin State Delaware State
2008 North Carolina A&T State Coppin State
2009 North Carolina A&T State North Carolina A&T State
2010 North Carolina A&T State Hampton University


Bethune-Cookman won the Florida Regional in 2005, the first NCAA Regional Final ever won by a MEAC school, and ended that season ranked #18 in a national poll.[7]

 Season  Champion(s)
1993 Florida A&M
1994 Florida A&M
1995 Florida A&M
1996 Hampton
1997 Florida A&M
1998 Florida A&M
1999 Florida A&M
2000 Bethune-Cookman
2001 Bethune-Cookman
2002 Bethune-Cookman
2003 Bethune-Cookman
2004 Bethune-Cookman
2005 Florida A&M
2006 Florida A&M
2007 Howard


 Season   Regular season champion(s)  Tournament champion
1975 Howard
1976 Howard
1977 Howard
1984 Howard
1986 Howard
1993 North Carolina A&T State
1998 Hampton Hampton
1999 Bethune-Cookman Bethune-Cookman
2000 Bethune-Cookman Bethune-Cookman
2001 Bethune-Cookman Bethune-Cookman
2002 Bethune-Cookman Bethune-Cookman
2003 Bethune-Cookman Bethune-Cookman
2004 Bethune-Cookman Bethune-Cookman
2005 North Carolina A&T State North Carolina A&T State
2006 Bethune-Cookman Bethune-Cookman
2007 Bethune-Cookman Bethune-Cookman
2008 Bethune-Cookman Bethune-Cookman
2009 Bethune-Cookman Bethune-Cookman

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