MEAC press conference
In an anticlimactic announcement, the MEAC confirmed what most suspected – the fall sports season is a wash. No MEAC/SWAC Challenge. No Celebration Bowl, which surely is particularly devastating to North Carolina A&T fans. The Aggies are 4-0 in the CB, and are the only MEAC team with a winning record.
“We will take a look at winter sports in the next few weeks,” Howard University President Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick said on a zoom press conference.
Commissioner Dennis Thomas said spring season athletes who had their season cut short have been granted another year of eligibility. He said they are also requesting the same for fall sports athletes with the NCAA.
When asked if the fact that several N.C. A&T football players tested positive factored into the decision, Frederick said no. “We took all things into consideration based on national results, not just A&T athletes testing positive. If no athlete had test positive, the outcome would have been the same.”
The MEAC was the first NCAA Division I scholarship conference to postpone the fall season. Thomas said to expect most conferences to make an announcement before the month is out.
Frederick said the MEAC is in good shape financially, and all member institutions were in agreement with the decision.
A reporter asked Thomas to clarify what the winter sports were. They are women’s and men’s basketball, women’s and men’s indoor track and field, and women’s bowling. The fall semester will officially end the week before Thanksgiving. It’s too early to make a decision on winter sports, he said.
“Everyone would like to have a fall season,” Frederick said. “Our student-athletes understand that we are putting their health and safety at the forefront and that cannot be compromised.”