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North Carolina A&T to leave MEAC, join Big South Conference

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The MEAC looks like it will lose another school to conference realignment

NCAA Basketball: No.Carolina AT at Wake Forest Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

It appears the MEAC is about to get shaken up again.

After losing Hampton to the Big South two years ago and Savannah State when it returned to Division II, North Carolina A&T may be on the way out as well. The Aggies, founding members of the MEAC, will announce their move to the Big South Conference on Friday, according to a story from Jeff Mills in the Greensboro News & Record.

Mills reports that the A&T board of trustees will vote on the matter on early Friday morning. If approved, the Aggies will then make a formal announcement.

North Carolina A&T has grown into one of the MEAC’s strongest brands over the past decade due to strong academics, more national exposure, and competitive athletic teams. This has translated to the hardwood, with the Aggies currently in first place in the conference. They’ve been to the NCAA Tournament nine times in their Division I history, all through the MEAC’s automatic bid.

North Carolina A&T will play next season in the MEAC before departing for the 2021-22 season, leaving the league with 10 members.