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MEAC releases 2006 Football Schedule

10 Classics and 36 Conference Match-ups Highlight the Season

May 16, 2006

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Commissioner Dennis E. Thomas officially released the league’s 2006 Football Schedule today. The MEAC schedule is comprised of 59 total games, including 36 conference match-ups, played over 12 weeks.  Nine of the league’s 11 members participate in football.

The 2006 MEAC Football season opens on September 2 with a full schedule of Labor Day Weekend action, including four classic games. The second annual Ford MEAC-SWAC Challenge featuring the two defending champions from both conferences – Hampton vs. Grambling State – will kick off the day at noon (ET) at Legion Field in Birmingham.  Florida A&M and Delaware State follow with an early conference meeting in the Ford Labor Day Classic at 1 p.m. Virginia State and Norfolk State battle at the annual Virginia Lottery Labor Day Classic in Norfolk, while Bethune-Cookman takes on the second SWAC opponent of the weekend – Southern University in the annual Gateway Classic at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.

Overall, MEAC teams will participate in 10 classic games this year, none larger than the season ending game between arch-rivals Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman in the Walt Disney World Florida Classic at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla.  The Florida Classic, along with the Ford Classic and  the NY Urban League Classic between Hampton and Morgan State (Sept. 23) all feature conference-match-ups at neutral sites. 

Two of the 23 non-conference games are against Division I-A opponents. Florida A&M travels to Miami (Fla.) to take on the Hurricanes on September 9, and Howard will face Big East member Rutgers on September 23.  Other non-conference action highlights premiere contests with I-AA opponents: Coastal Carolina and VMI (Big South); Wofford and Elon of the Southern conference; Northwestern State (Southland) and Northeast conference member St. Francis (PA)

Seven MEAC games will appear on ESPNU, which includes a few Thursday night games. The MEAC-SWAC Challenge will be televised live on ESPN2 at noon (ET). The MEAC will announce the 2006 television package with ESPN in the coming weeks.

The MEAC Football Press Luncheon is scheduled for July 28 at the Sheraton Ocean Front Hotel at Noon in Virginia Beach, Va. For ticket information call (757) 416-7100.

MEAC Composite Football Schedule

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