Monday, July 12, 2010
SC State University confirmed Monday that it has joined other Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) schools in discussions concerning the proposed 2011 Legacy Bowl that would match the champion from the league against the champion from the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).
The university also said that no formal decision about the proposed contest has been made and that any agreement reached would be a collective one from the league schools, with the final vote coming from the chancellors and presidents. A decision by the MEAC to play in the proposed game would mean that the conference would lose its automatic berth to the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs.
SC State athletics director Charlene Johnson noted that SC State, like other MEAC schools, is examining ways to generate additional funds as appropriations from the state and other sources continue to decline and the Legacy Bowl would offer such an opportunity, but she also pointed out that the opportunity to play for a national title is important.
“It is important that our student-athletes have a chance to play for a national championship, however the university and other schools in our conference must explore avenues that could generate additional revenues which would help us to field viable programs and be competitive,” said Johnson. “Although the Legacy Bowl would take away the opportunity for our schools to participate in the playoffs, it would provide an avenue for us to gain significant additional funding.
“Our administration and Coach (Buddy) Pough are in discussions about the proposed game and its benefits, but ultimately we will have to abide by the final decision of the conference,” she continued.