Hampton is currently in a major transition, as the school is currently planning to leave the MEAC for the Big South conference. Apparently the MEAC is not making things easy for Hampton during that transition, and the move could potentially leave the school without a full football schedule for the 2018 season.
“I am appalled that, after a 22-year rewarding and productive relationship and numerous conference championships the MEAC wants to hang Hampton University student-athletes out to dry,” Hampton University senior vice president Paul C. Harris said in the release. “These are the same talented young people whose NCAA appearances have resulted in millions of dollars being poured into the MEAC coffers.”
Hampton reportedly failed to notify the MEAC that it planned to leave the conference before the deadline, which resulted in a fine for the school. The bigger issue here, though, is that the MEAC won’t allow Hampton to play in its conference during its transition season, leaving the university scrambling to put together a schedule.
The university also claims the MEAC refuses to have a meeting to discuss the entire ordeal.
For its part, MEAC commissioner Dennis Thomas, when first reacting to the statement put out by Hampton, told the Virginia Pilot, “I have not had an opportunity to review the document, but once I have, I’m sure the MEAC will have an appropriate response.”
This is obviously a still developing story.