Several spring football schedule adjustments have come forth following the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) decision to cancel its spring football season.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb 11, 2021) -- Howard University Athletics has decided to move the football team to a spring 2021 non-conference schedule after the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced its suspension of the spring 2021 conference football season.
Six of the MEAC’s nine football-playing institutions, opted out of the spring 2021 season. Conference policy states if 50% or more institutions cannot participate in any championship, the championship for that sport will be suspended. As a result, the MEAC decided to allow individual member institutions to do what is best for their student-athletes and university community.
"We are providing an opportunity for our student-athletes to compete, after working so hard to prepare for this unprecedented season," said Howard Athletic Director Kery Davis. "As always, the health and safety of our student-athletes remain our top priority, and we will continue to follow the D.C. and CDC health and safety guidelines.
ORANGEBURG, SC (Feb 11, 2021)—After two more Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) teams (Norfolk State & Morgan State) (opted out of the upcoming four-game spring football season, the South Carolina State University Athletics Department has announced the Bulldogs will compete during a home and home conference and non-conference Spring football schedule.
In a statement released Thursday, the MEAC announced its decision to suspend spring football due to the rising numbers of state and local COVID -19 cases. Each state has a different set of requirements that lead to an array of COVID-19 travel restrictions for MEAC institutions, which created an arduous challenge for the conference. As a result, the MEAC decided to allow individual member institutions to do what is best for their student-athletes and university community.
"We consulted with our team doctors, medical professionals, coaches and student-athletes and have determined that we are able to compete this spring in all of our remaining sports including football," said SC State Athletics Director Stacy Danley. "As we move forward we will continue to make decisions based in the best interest of student-athletes' health and safety."
DOVER, DE. (Feb. 12, 2021) --- Delaware State has announced a revised five-game schedule for the spring 2021 football season. The new schedule, which kicks off with a home game against Howard University on Feb. 27, was created after six of the Hornets' fellow Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference members elected to opt out of the spring 2021 football season. As a result, the MEAC suspended its spring schedule and conference championship game.
In addition to Delaware State and Howard, South Carolina State has announced plans to proceed with its spring football competition.
The Hornets will face Howard and South Carolina State twice this spring, while DSU's previously announced contest against the University of Delaware at Alumni State remains on the schedule.
Game two of DSU's spring schedule will be at South Carolina State on Mar. 13. The Hornets will visit Howard in Washington, D.C., for their third spring contest on Mar. 27.
Delaware State's rematch with South Carolina State is scheduled for Apr. 3 at Alumni Stadium on the DSU campus.
The following Saturday (Apr. 10), Delaware visits Alumni Stadium for the first time to face the Hornets. The previous nine meetings between the state's two NCAA Division I grid programs were played at Delaware Stadium on the UD campus in Newark.