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Florida A&M athletics is headed to the SWAC.

The university’s Board of Trustees voted Thursday to unanimously transition from the MEAC to the SWAC.

FAMU will join the SWAC in all sports for the 2021-22 season.

The approval comes days after a presentation crafted by athletic director Kortne Gosha that outlined the school’s relationship with the SWAC would reduce travel expenses by $400,000, create $1 million in revenue exposure and house the athletic program in an environment with similar fan bases and institutional autonomy.

The 16-page document also explicitly targets many of the drawbacks FAMU’s current standing in the MEAC that has led to it seriously contemplating defecting from the conference.

Those factors include concern over sustainability and membership expansion; limited revenue exposure; extreme travel cost; fan empathy and required conference deals.

Florida A&M had been a member of the MEAC for 40 years.


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