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NORFOLK, Va. – The 88th gridiron meeting between rivals North Carolina Central University and North Carolina A&T State University has been selected by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) to air on ESPN3 on Saturday, Nov. 19 in Durham, North Carolina at 2 p.m. and will re-air on ESPNU.ESPN3 Logo 150x150

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The highly-anticipated Eagle-Aggie rivalry contest will feature a pair of teams that have shared the past two MEAC Football Championships and are two of three teams currently undefeated in conference play. North Carolina A&T State is currently ranked nationally in both the FCS STATS Media and NCAA FCS Coaches’ polls, while NCCU has received votes in both polls. Individually, both programs feature a plethora of players with star power as N.C. A&T senior running back Tarik Cohen is the MEAC's all-time leading rusher and on several postseason FCS watch lists, while NCCU senior quarterback Malcolm Bell is the top passer in the MEAC.

On the sidelines, the teams feature a pair of well-respected head coaches as N.C. A&T's Rod Broadway, a former head coach at NCCU, has combined to win five championships and three HBCU National Championships in three different conferences. NCCU's Jerry Mack has won a pair of MEAC co-Championships in his first two years as the Eagles' head coach and has a 2-0 career mark against the Aggies.

"We would like to thank ESPN for the opportunity to showcase the Aggie-Eagle Classic as this contest has had a substantial impact in determining our conference champions the past two seasons,” said MEAC Commissioner Dr. Dennis E. Thomas. “We look forward to showcasing MEAC football, its coaches and student-athletes to a worldwide audience next month.”

Both teams have combined to appear on ESPN seven times this season as next month's contest marks the first time in series history the game will be televised on an ESPN network.

~MEAC Media Relations


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