According to Florida A&M University (FAMU) athletics, Hampton University has officially dropped their Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schedule. As a result, FAMU will be forced to make changes to their 2018 MEAC football schedule which they released earlier this month.
Although Hampton already announced late last year that they would be leaving the MEAC for the Big South conference, the dropping of their MEAC schedule was not expected to happen until the summer of 2018. Since FAMU released its MEAC schedule early though, which featured a home game against Hampton, it is possible that Hampton was forced to make a declaration early.
“[The]conference is moving on as well,” said Deputy Athletic Director Keith Miles. “We just found out what they were going to do this Tuesday [and] the total schedule is coming out soon.” Athletic Director John Eason said something similar Thursday at an alumni luncheon.
“We have two [dates] filled and we are trying to fill the other two,” Eason said. “I’m 99-percent sure of the game to replace Hampton.”
Even though FAMU athletics has made it clear that they believe Hampton is officially out of the conference, the MEAC has not formally acknowledged it yet.
The MEAC has no official comment on the matter for the moment.
Whether it has been verified or not, FAMU athletics has clearly moved on from Hampton, and hopes to have the total schedule out “probably by the end of next week.”