MEAC, SWAC Champion To Play In Legacy Bowl In 2011
The Heritage Bowl, pitting schools from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) will be restored under the name of the “Legacy Bowl”.
This report comes to College Sporting News through sources on TSPNSports.com, who heard the initial report on the Jaguar Journal radio show out of Baton Rouge, La.
According to the information, the two conference would send their league champions to the game, which will be played for the first time on Dec. 17, 2011.
While not confirmed, all indications are that the SWAC championship game will cease to exist and that the MEAC will no longer have an automatic berth in the NCAA Division I playoff field.
The two conferences would split $3 million from ESPN for the game which would be televised and an announcement is expected to be made during the league’s spring meetings in the upcoming weeks.
The Heritage Bowl was first played on Dec. 21, 1991 and held annually until 1999, when Hampton defeated Southern 24-3 in the Georgia Dome. Previous sites included Miami and Tallahassee, Fla.