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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.”


  1. Why couldn’t they use the million dollars to help the conference champion go to the FCS playoff? So what are the details of the million dollars?

    • Savesme2,

      What other conference do you know of that does that? Do you really want the conferences to use that money to send a team to the FCS playoffs just o lose money? Really? What kind of sense does that make? And besides, that’s not even possible to do.

  2. When is the SWAC Championship? Seems like bad timing since students will be in final exams the second week of December. What happened to New Year Day?

  3. Before everyone get so excited about this so called new bowl. Let me remind all that this is nothing more than a recycling of the Heritage bowl which was a complete failure. It is also saying our HBCUs cannot compete with the top teams in the FCS!!!! Horrible idea by the MEAC conferance.


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