By Eric N. Moore, Managing Editor
Bethune-Cookman University (BCU) added its name to the list of Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) defections with the announcement that it is leaving the MEAC to join the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). The announcement comes three weeks after in-state rival and fellow MEAC member Florida A&M University announced that it would be leaving to join the SWAC beginning 2021.
BCU's move is also effective on July 1, 2021.
Both FAMU and BCU, will remain members of the MEAC for the 2020 season and begin play as full members of the SWAC in 2021. The addition of FAMU and BCU increases SWAC membership to 12 and brings to four the number of teams who have left the MEAC in the past two years. Hampton departed in 2018 for the Big South Conference; North Carolina A&T will also be leaving for the Big South in 2021.
BCU's Board of Trustees unanimously approved an invitation from the SWAC and following approval by SWAC membership, accepted a formal offer extended by SWAC Commissioner Charles McClelland on Thursday, June 25.
"Bethune-Cookman's move to the Southwestern Athletic Conference is one that is clearly in the best interest of the University, particularly during this major shift in higher education and intercollegiate athletics," said President Dr. E. LaBrent Chrite. "We believe this is a logical next step in the evolution of our University. Moreover, it reflects our commitment to strengthening the University's long-term competitiveness and viability, while providing the best possible experience for our student-athletes.