Hampton University is bolting the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference to join the Big South Conference.
Hampton University announced Thursday morning that it will be joining the Big South Conference beginning next season.
Hampton is one of the country’s most prestigious historically black colleges and universities. The school will leave MEAC next July, meaning next fall, for the first time in over a century of competition, Hampton will not be part of an HBCU conference. The Big South currently has no other HBCU schools as members.
Tennessee State is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, and the only other Division I HBCU not competing in a historically black conference.
Hampton is a private school and has some of the best athletic facilities in the nation. The school and athletic department also have more abundant financial resources than any other MEAC school.
The Big South Conference currently consists of Campbell, Charleston Southern, Gardner-Webb, High Point, Liberty (will be football only in 2018), Longwood, Presbyterian, Radford, UNC-Asheville and Winthrop.
Remaining in the MEAC will be: NORTH DIVISION: Coppin State, Delaware State, Howard, Maryland Eastern Shore, Morgan State and Norfolk State. SOUTH DIVISION: Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M, North Carolina A&T, North Carolina Central, Savannah State and South Carolina State.