During a virtual Florida A&M Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday (June 3), the special committee on athletics considered and approved a plan to leave the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and join the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).
The proposal, presented by vice-president/athletics director Kortne Gosha was approved by the committee and will be presented to the full board on Thursday (June 4).
"It was a good meeting." Gosha told Tallahassee.com. "There were several action items we discussed. There's a lot of moving parts", he said.
FAMU anticipates significant travel benefits with a new geographic footprint that comes with SWAC membership. Gosha's presentation noted that "four schools are less than 450 miles one way compared to the MEAC where there are only two".
In football, the FAMU/Southern game generated $285K compared to the highest MEAC game at $75K. The school anticipates increased ticket sales across the board for games against SWAC opponents.
Following approval by the full board, FAMU would officially notify the MEAC that it would leave on July 1, 2021, thus satisfying the conference notification requirement.