The MEAC has announced it’s weekly football honors for the games played through September 3. Broderick Waters of Bethune-Cookman was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s (MEAC) Football Offensive Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. Joe Rankin of Morgan State was named Defensive Player of the Week.
Jamie Cunningham of Howard was selected as the Rookie of the Week. North Carolina Central’s Darius James and Earvin Gonzalez of Morgan State were named Offensive Lineman and Special Teams Player of the Week, respectively.
Representatives from Morgan State University and Hampton University traveled to Yankee Stadium for the formal introductory press conference of the 2012 New York Urban League Football Classic. Yankee Stadium will host its first NYUL Classic since 1987, when the game moved from the original home of the Bronx Bombers.
Shannon Eastin, the first female football referee in MEAC history, will again smash sports and gender stereotypes tomorrow night as the first female to referee an NFL game. Eastin will serve as a line judge for the nationally televised game between the Green Bay Packers and San Diego Chargers.
For Eastin, her willingness and preparation have her poised for success. From the Associated Press:
“I believe I am ready,” she said. “I’m a realistic person and I know what is realistic for me. I am not going to play football. I feel it is realistic for me to officiate.
“I make myself ready for any opportunity that comes my way. I will come in with my eyes wide open.”
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football official Shannon Eastin will make NFL history this Thursday, as she will become the first female to referee an NFL game.
Eastin, the first female referee in the MEAC, will work as one of the league’s replacement referees, who have locked out their normal officiating crews. For one of her more famous calls… (jump ahead to 4:20 to see Eastin’s call.)
North Carolina A&T State University today released its 2012 football schedule, a slate that will feature seven home games and no back-to-back road games.
Sat, Sep 01 Coastal Carolina at Conway, S.C. TBA
Sat, Sep 08 West Virginia State Aggie Stadium 6 p.m.
Sat, Sep 15 Virginia University of Lynchburg Aggie Stadium 6 p.m.
Sat, Sep 29 Morgan State * Aggie Stadium 1:30 p.m.
Sat, Oct 06 Bethune-Cookman * at Daytona Beach, Fla. TBA
Sat, Oct 13 Howard * Aggie Stadium 1:30 p.m.
Sat, Oct 20 Delaware State * at Dover, Del. 1:30 p.m.
Sat, Oct 27 Norfolk State (Homecoming) * Aggie Stadium 1:30 p.m.
Sat, Nov 03 Florida A&M * Aggie Stadium 1:30 p.m.
Sat, Nov 10 S.C. State * Aggie Stadium 1:30 p.m.
Sat, Nov 17 N.C. Central * at Durham, N.C. 2 p.m.
Bethune-Cookman’s signing day yielded 15 new Wildcats for the 2012 season, and for good measure, the Wildcats also released the opponents the new members would face this fall. Talented transfers and freshmen will get an early season test for the Wildcats, as the Wildcats open in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge, and with road games against South Carolina State and Miami before returning home to face Tennessee State in the Hall of Fame game.
“I feel good about the class, and one reason is because we got some kids that we targeted and came away with who were all high-caliber kids,” (head coach Brian) Jenkins said. “That’s what I’m excited about. We still have several kids that we’re still working on and we’ve still got some things under our hat that are going to be special.”
Two out of conference games and five MEAC contests at home highlight Norfolk State’s 2012 football schedule. The MEAC champion Spartans will face Liberty and Ohio University in September, and will close out the regular season with two home games against Savannah State and Morgan State.
For the second straight year, NSU will play 11 straight games without a bye week before having off the final week of the FCS regular season on Nov. 17. The Spartans navigated that stretch well in 2011, finishing 9-3, winning their first-ever MEAC football title and making their initial FCS playoff appearance. (NSUSpartans.com)
NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY
2012 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Date Opponent Site Time
Sept. 1 Virginia State Norfolk, Va. 6 p.m.
(Virginia Lottery Labor Day Classic)
Sept. 8 at Liberty Lynchburg, Va. TBA
Sept. 15 Howard * Norfolk, Va. 4 p.m.
Sept. 22 at Ohio Athens, Ohio TBA
Sept. 29 at South Carolina State * Orangeburg, S.C. TBA
Oct. 6 Delaware State * Norfolk, Va. 1 p.m.
Oct. 13 at Hampton * Hampton, Va. TBA
(Battle of the Bay)
Oct. 20 at Bethune-Cookman * Daytona Beach, Fla. TBA
Oct. 27 at North Carolina A&T * Greensboro, N.C. TBA
Nov. 3 Savannah State * Norfolk, Va. 2 p.m.
Nov. 10 Morgan State * Norfolk, Va. 1 p.m.
Schedule is subject to change
* MEAC game
Home games in BOLD
Tickets sold out within 15 minutes for the Old Dominion-Norfolk State game this weekend, which is the first round of the Football Championship Subdivision bracket.
Many people waited for hours in the rain Tuesday morning for the ticket office to open.
James Boswell waited in line Monday at Norfolk State and Tuesday at ODU and still didn’t get tickets.
Bethune-Cookman football coach Brian Jenkins watched the FCS playoff selection show Sunday morning, and his worst fear was realized.
The Wildcats were passed over for the 20-team field. “I just think it’s unbelievable, really,” Jenkins said. “You’ve got to wonder what the selection committee is evaluating things on and what they’re looking at.” The Wildcats (8-3 overall, 6-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) defeated Florida A&M 26-16 in Orlando on Saturday to finish the season with six straight victories.
The unfairness of it is really unbelievable, and it’s starting to stand out more and more every year,” Jenkins said.
Regardless of the outcome, Saturday’s regular-season finale at Theodore Wright Stadium against South Carolina State will conclude another losing campaign for Savannah State.
Since moving up to the Football Championship Subdivision level, the Tigers have compiled an 18-98 record. Their last winning season came in 1998 under former S.C. State offensive coordinator Daryl “Brick” McNeil as a member of the NCAA Division II Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
While Florida A&M was having its way with North Carolina Central on Saturday, Norfolk State took care of what could have been a potential headache for the MEAC. The Spartans captured their first conference title by defeating Morgan State 47-14.
“You take your hat off to Norfolk for winning,” said FAMU coach Joe Taylor.
Former North Florida Christian player Chris Walley led the Spartans by throwing for 187 yards and two touchdowns, and rushing for another score.
It took Norfolk State 14 years to put itself in a position to win a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship. It took the Spartans five minutes to clinch it.
Norfolk State defeated Morgan State 47-14 Saturday thanks to a 17-point scoring flurry in the first five minutes of the second half.
The win clinches the school’s first MEAC championship and earns the Spartans an automatic bid to the FCS playoffs. It is the school’s first FCS playoff appearance.
North Carolina A&T State head football coach Rod Broadway has been reprimanded by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) for displaying unsportsmanlike conduct during the Aggies football game against Florida A&M on Saturday, November 5.
MEAC Commissioner Dennis Thomas said in a statement on Tuesday that “the conference expects all student-athletes, coaches, and athletic staff to demonstrate good sportsmanship before, during and after all athletic events.”
FAMU’s win over North Carolina A&T eliminated the Aggies from playoff contention. The Rattlers are one of three teams left vying to be MEAC Champions.
“We’re trying to get to these playoffs,” says senior wide receiver Kevin Elliott. “If we win out there’s a good possibility we will get to the playoffs.”
However, if Norfolk State wins its season finale, the Spartans will be crowned champs. The question at hand for the Rattlers then becomes, should two teams from the MEAC be invited to the playoffs.