North Carolina Central is the latest MEAC football program to decide it will sit out this spring.
NCCU announced on Thursday that it is opting-out of competition during the spring semester due to concerns about the health, safety and well-being of its student-athletes because of COVID-19. Instead it is moving forward with a traditional spring practice to prepare for fall play.
NCCU Director of Athletics Dr. Ingrid Wicker McCree released this statement through the department of athletics:
North Carolina Central is the third MEAC football program to opt out of spring football. Last fall, both Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M decided to skip plans for the spring season. It is the 29th FCS program to opt-out of spring competion.
Eagles head coach Trei Oliver had this to say about the decision:
With NCCU’s decision the MEAC is down to six football schools for a proposed spring football season: South Carolina State, NC A&T, Norfolk State, Howard, Morgan State and Delaware State.