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MEAC commissioner Sonja Stills shoots down HBCU superconference dream

Any ideas of a possible merger between the two largest HBCU athletic conferences in the country were shot down with a one-word answer during MEAC football media day.

Sonja Stills, less than a year on the job as league commissioner, dismissed the notion that MEAC and SWAC could consolidate to form a so-called super conference as part of radical realignment.

“Yeah, no,” Stills said when asked on Friday whether she or conference leaders were considering creating a partnership with the SWAC, a conference that bloated to 12 schools after taking on ex-MEAC members Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M in 2021.

Conversations about an HBCU super conference have intensified — online and even publicly among well-known Black college coaches — after the likes of North Carolina A&T, Hampton Savannah State and the two Florida-based schools left the conference within the last half-decade.

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