(Stats Perform) - While battling membership losses, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schools reaffirmed their commitment to each other and later unveiled a five-year strategic and long-range plan with separate announcements this offseason.
Nothing speaks louder for their football programs than continued success against the Southwestern Athletic Conference, the other FCS conference of HBCUs. Last year's sweep of the season-opening MEAC-SWAC Challenge and sending-ending Celebration Bowl lifted the MEAC to 11-4 and 5-1, respectively, in those big matchups.
The MEAC has gone from having 11 football programs in 2018 to just six beginning last year, so there's work to be done with membership. But behind defending champion South Carolina State, the conference seeks to keep impressing on the field.