A press conference has been called for Friday, March 12 to announce that Savannah State University will be conditionally admitted as a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, the conference announced today.
“We are pleased to extend membership and welcome Savannah State University to the MEAC family,” said MEAC Commissioner Dennis E. Thomas. “The addition of SSU keeps us in compliance with our long range and strategic plan of adding up to 14 members. Adding SSU to the membership completes the geographical footprint that bridges our South Carolina and Florida institutions.”
Commissioner Thomas added, “I would like to commend Dr. Yarbrough, President, Dr. Flythe, and the entire SSU family for all their hard work as we welcome this outstanding academic institution into the conference.”
Admission to the conference will be conditioned upon the Tigers’ compliance with stipulations of athletic budget, scholarship allotment and staffing.
“We are very proud to be admitted to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The MEAC affiliation will enhance our status in terms of athletic competitions while building valuable relationships that will go well beyond the playing fields and courts,” said Earl G. Yarbrough Sr., Ph.D., president of Savannah State. “On behalf of the students, faculty, staff, alumni and boosters, we extend appreciation to MEAC Commissioner Dennis Thomas, MEAC presidents/chancellors and others for this vote of confidence.”
“MEAC membership means a lot for our student-athletes because they’ll spend less time on the road and more time in class,” said Claud Flythe, vice president for Administration, which includes athletics. “This gives our students the opportunity to interact with their peers from other HBCUs, and for the first time in a long time, they can look forward to post-season play.”
The announcement comes four years after SSU’s original application for conference membership, and nearly one year after reapplication to the conference following the completion of an NCAA-mandated probationary period.