Written by Thomas Scott
Tallahassee, Florida | For the third time since 2017, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) has lost a key member. FAMU joins Hampton and North Carolina A&T as the latest university to leave the MEAC.
Earlier today, the FAMU Board of Trustees voted and ultimately approved the Rattlers move to the SWAC conference. According to their announcement, FAMU will leave the MEAC on June 30th, 2021 and officially join the SWAC on July 1st, 2021. This marks the end of a nearly 40 year relationship between FAMU and the MEAC.
FAMU Athletic Director, Kourtne Gosha, presented a very compelling plan to the Board of Trustees. According to Gosha, the reduction in the Rattlers travel costs alone could justify the move.
We’re not putting a kid on a plane to go to Dover, Delaware (anymore). We’re putting them on a bus to go to Montgomery, Alabama.KOURTNE GOSHA | FLORIDA A&M ATHLETIC DIRECTOR
In addition to reducing travel costs, the Rattlers deal with the SWAC affords them new freedom to negitoate their own apparel and television deals. FAMU Trustee member, Kristen Harper, projects that over the next five years a move to the SWAC could net the Rattlers $3million dollars.
Aside from money, FAMU hopes the move will increase the competitiveness of all their athletic programs and help expand their brand. Fans are already looking forward to potential football matchups between FAMU and their newfound SWAC opponents.
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