by Eric Moore
Managing Editor - Onnidan.com
Maybe it was the eleven coaching changes that included three coaches switching teams.
Or it could have been the commentary "Finding a Path of Progress" written by John Lee on HBCUDigest
Now that Morgan State Director of Athletics Floyd Kerr has revealed the inplementation of a end-of-season bowl game between representatives of the MEAC and SWAC, the landscape of HBCU football will change in 2015.
James "Mike" White (Albany State to Benedict), Brian Jenkins (Bethune-Cookman to Alabama State) and Latrell Scott (Virginia State to Norfolk State) will be at different schools next season. Eight other schools have made permanent changes with one interim coach promoted and two other interim coaches named while their schools search for head coaches.
Lee's commentary provides a good summary of the current state of HBCU athletics and mentions the discussion of a "Legacy Bowl" that could help provide a revenue stream for the two HBCU Division I conferences.
Kerr made a Dec. 20 call-in appearance on The Carlos Brown Show on WUBR-910 (Baton Rouge, La.) where he confirmed rumors that the MEAC would forego its automatic bid to the NCAA FCS playoffs to have its conference champion compete against the SWAC’s champion.
“The presidents of each league have decided that, yes, this is going to happen,” Kerr said, “ESPN is the driving force behind it and it’s been vetted quite well."
A formal announcement is scheduled after the beginning of the new year and who knows, we may see the return of the Pioneer Bowl.