January 11, 2005 4:18 am ET by Kyle Whelliston
|Morgan State's Sam Brand.|
In 1969, a bold ad hoc group of innovators, long associated with intercollegiate athletics, met to discuss the feasibility of organizing a new conference based along the Atlantic coastline. Dissected from these discussions, a steering and planning committee was formed to fully investigate the idea, present a detailed report with recommendations to interested collegiate institutions; then construct a workshop to outline proposals.This season marks the 25th consecutive year the MEAC will send a representative to the NCAA Tournament - they were granted full Division I recognition by the governing body back in 1980. The conference has enjoyed a bit of success ( Coppin State advanced to the second round back in 1997, and who can forget Hampton's shocking win over Iowa State as a 15-seed four years ago?), but for the most part the MEAC are able to stay out of the play-in game only when the Northeast or SWAC (or a surprise sub-.500 conference tourney winner, like Siena a couple of years back) are propping them up.
A number of representatives from neophyte institutions later convened to listen to the committee's report, which led to a two day scrutinized discussion about the proposed organization and its procedures. After adopting the program, seven of the institutions agreed to become the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
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