As part of a comprehensive day of introductions and announcements, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference released its Spring football and basketball schedualsin conjunction with its virtual preseason basketball teleconference.
The suspended fall gridiron season is scheduled to start on Feb. 20, with the regular season ending on April 10, and the MEAC Football Championship Game to be held on April 17.
"The mental and physical health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans must be at the forefront," MEAC Commissioner Dennis E. Thomas said. "With that in mind, creative and innovative scheduling was required to accomplish our goals. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to restrict travel to regional competition. Hopefully, the type of schedule is for spring 2021 only."
Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M, North Carolina A&T State, North Carolina Central and South Carolina State will make up the Southern Division. The Northern Division will consist of Delaware State, Howard, Morgan State and Norfolk State.
Northern Division teams will face each other twice, while teams in the Southern Division will have two teams they play twice and two teams they play once. Each team will have two bye weeks. The winners of each division will face off in the MEAC Football Championship Game on April 17.
The conference basketball schedule for the 2020-21 season, and the league’s Preseason men’s and women’s basketball teams were announced Thursday during the virtual press conference.
A divisional format will also be adopted for men’s and women’s basketball, with each school playing 16 games over the course of nine weeks beginning Jan. 2, 2021. Conference games will be played on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays.
Coppin State, Delaware State, Howard, Maryland Eastern Shore, Morgan State and Norfolk State will make up the Northern Division, with Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M, North Carolina A&T State, North Carolina Central and South Carolina State in the Southern Division.
In the Southern Division, teams will play each other four times, while Northern Division teams will face each other either three or four times in the regular season.
The MEAC Basketball Tournament is currently scheduled for March 8-13, 2021 in the Norfolk Scope Arena.