May 16th, 2018 | by CollegeAD

The sad and unnecessary standoff between Hampton University and the MEAC has, as I wrote some time ago, hurt both parties – but perhaps the Pirates’ football program most of all. Hampton on Wednesday announced an 11-game 2018 schedule worthy of a startup team, not a program that began in 1902. The Pirates will play just six FCS teams and five from lower divisions, including a road trip to the State University of New York Maritime, just outside New York City. The Division III school does not offer scholarships. Hampton is eligible for an FCS playoff at-large bid, but with St. Andrews, Virginia University of Lynchburg, Shaw and Lane also on the schedule, even an unbeaten record might not suffice. Hampton announced in November that it would be leaving the MEAC to join the Big South in July. That was four months after the MEAC’s annual deadline for teams to inform the league of any changes, and that led to an often testy war of words before a settlement was reached in March. – Harry Minium, pilotonline – Read More

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