An internal memo indicates that Hampton is finalizing plans to leave the MEAC.

As first reported by HBCU Gameday, Hampton is leaving the MEAC in all sports to join the Big South conference.


In an email sent to the Council of Chief Executive Officers on behalf of MEAC Commissioner Dennis Thomas, the MEAC was informed by Hampton President Dr. William Harvey it is expected to transition to Big South.

“Once we receive written notification from Dr. Harvey,” the letter states “we will follow the established conference policy.”

A source with knowledge of the situation told HBCU Sports late Wednesday that Hampton’s move from the MEAC has been “at least two years in the making.”

A press conference has been scheduled Thursday morning to make what has been described by sources as “a major announcement” regarding the university.

School officials have not confirmed any efforts to leave the MEAC or the details of Thursday’s announcement.

Hampton has been a member of the MEAC since 1995 after a stint in the CIAA, a Division II conference. Since joining the conference, Hampton has won league championships in sports, football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s track, and men’s and women’s tennis.

Hampton would join Tennessee State as the only Division 1 HBCU athletic programs currently not part of an HBCU conference.

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