2011 MEAC-SWAC Challenge Set

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: December 3, 2010

ORLANDO, Fl. — The Panthers of Prairie View A&M will meet the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats in the 2011 MEAC/SWAC Challenge Presented by Disney Sunday, September 4, 2011 at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando.

Kickoff time and which ESPN network will carry the game will be announced later. The seventh annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge will be the first meeting between B-CU and PVAM and also the first time the programs will be participating in the event.

Bethune-Cookman is having one of its most successful years as the Wildcats are 10-1 and headed to the NCAA FCS Playoffs Saturday afternoon. Prairie View A&M finished the year with a 7-4 record.

“We are excited to continue the tradition that this event is building as it affords us the opportunity to showcase HBCU football and pageantry on a national stage as well as impact countless lives with our community initiatives,” said Nikki Godfrey, executive director, MEAC/SWAC Challenge.

“We look forward to a great football matchup in the first meeting for two great programs – Bethune-Cookman and Prairie View A&M.”

Each year, the game pits a MEAC team against a SWAC opponent at a neutral site located within the footprint of one of the conferences. Several additional events will take place around the game, including a high school career panel and the halftime Battle of the Bands.

The inaugural MEAC/SWAC Challenge in 2005 showcased the MEAC’s South Carolina State against Alabama State of the SWAC, with South Carolina State taking the 27-14 win.

The 2006 contest featured an overtime game with the MEAC’s Hampton defeating the SWAC’s Grambling State 27-26. In 2007, the SWAC won the series for the first time, as Southern beat Florida A&M 33-27.

The 2008 event moved from Birmingham’s Historic Legion Field to its current home of Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. The MEAC reclaimed the MEAC/SWAC Challenge crown, as Hampton topped Jackson State 17-13.

For the fourth time in five years, the MEAC prevailed again. South Carolina won 34-31 in the closing minutes over Grambling State. In last year’s challenge, Southern won the SWAC’s second crown, beating Delaware State 37-27.

The MEAC/SWAC Challenge is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television, Inc. (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN.

NOTE: For more information about the MEAC/SWAC Challenge, or to join the event’s following on Facebook and Twitter, please visit the event’s official Web site at www.meacswacchallenge.com.