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  • OT: Norfolk State University considering return to Division II?

    First time a current MEAC member has openly discussed a possible return to D2 since schools began abandoning the conference a few years ago.

    https://www.nsu.edu/getattachment/Ab...spx?lang=en-US

    (skip to middle of page 13)

    In response to Ms. Blunt regarding if the MEAC crashed today, what would be the options for NSU? Bishop Brown stated the options that are available include:
    • Back up to a lower level conference membership.
    • Realigning with conference memberships on the same level that we are already on.
    • Soliciting schools that will quickly align with us in the MEAC.

  • #2
    I think that more schools should be fiscally responsible and join D2 or even D3, rather than have teams that have no business either moving up or staying.

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    • #3
      So any thoughts on this?

      Before we could only speculate about any MEAC schools choosing to go D2 if the conference fell apart. NSU made the possibility of going back to D2 it's first bullet point. They put that out there.

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      • #4
        They need to come on back. They've had funding issues for years, especially after the state of VA capped how much public schools could charge for student fees. I think they moved up in the 90's because of their size, which I'm fairly certain was over 10k. However, they lost student population over the years as ODU continued to grow.

        MEAC is imploding so it only seems like Norfolk States options are to try and join the Big South or come back to the CIAA. I mean they have more rivals in the CIAA with VSU, ECSU, and VUU, and the VSU game seems to draw better than we they play Hampton.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by LegalRam View Post
          They need to come on back. They've had funding issues for years, especially after the state of VA capped how much public schools could charge for student fees. I think they moved up in the 90's because of their size, which I'm fairly certain was over 10k. However, they lost student population over the years as ODU continued to grow.

          MEAC is imploding so it only seems like Norfolk States options are to try and join the Big South or come back to the CIAA. I mean they have more rivals in the CIAA with VSU, ECSU, and VUU, and the VSU game seems to draw better than we they play Hampton.
          You make a very convincing point.
          Alderson Broaddus University ~ Go Battlers!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by LegalRam View Post
            They need to come on back. They've had funding issues for years, especially after the state of VA capped how much public schools could charge for student fees. I think they moved up in the 90's because of their size, which I'm fairly certain was over 10k. However, they lost student population over the years as ODU continued to grow.

            MEAC is imploding so it only seems like Norfolk States options are to try and join the Big South or come back to the CIAA. I mean they have more rivals in the CIAA with VSU, ECSU, and VUU, and the VSU game seems to draw better than we they play Hampton.
            Besides Howard and NC Central I personally don't think any of the remaining MEAC schools would be wanted by other D1 conferences. Nor would anybody want to join the MEAC now.

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            • #7
              I think one deciding factor with them not dropping down would be losing the cross city game with ODU in football and collecting that check. On the flip side their games with VSU, VUU, ECSU should keep the gate number for home games around 7000-10000 to draw up revenue while also not having to dole out 60 scholarships every year. Instead they can split 36 up amongst 60-65 players

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