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The MEAC and SWAC will play in a postseason game.
It is now official.
After months of rumors, the two leagues announced Wednesday during a joint press conference teams will meet in the newly created Celebration Bowl on Dec. 19 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
While the details of the game have yet to be finalized, the game will match the MEAC and SWAC champions, officials confirmed.
“This game will give a platform to these student-athletes – to showcase their talents, their bands and their traditions,” said ESPN senior vice president of events Pete Derzis.
For the last decade, the conferences have participated in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge during the opening week of the regular season.
The Celebration Bowl, according to MEAC Commissioner Dennis Thomas, will help increase the branding and exposure of both leagues.
“Our continued partnership with ESPN will give our coaches, student-athletes and fans an opportunity to participate in an exciting bowl game, on a national stage, which will showcase their institutions and talented football programs. Adding a national television opportunity for our champion, during this time of year.”
SWAC Commissioner Duer Sharp, whose league doesn’t participate in postseason play, says, the bowl game will allow for coaches and players to showcase their talents during a time of the year where college football interest is at its peak.
“This is a great opportunity for our schools and student-athletes to compete on a national stage and showcase the talent that exists within HBCUs. And to have it during bowl season, the most exciting time in college football, is a bonus.”