Syracuse strikes 10-year sports, education partnership with MEAC schools

Syracuse Univ. "expects to play about 50 games against schools" from the MEAC, an HBCU conference, over the next 10 years as part of an agreement that also include off-field elements, according to Donna Ditota of the Syracuse POST-STANDARD. The sports aspect begins in '21-22 when the Syracuse women's basketball team plays Morgan State. Other aspects of the alliance include the Athletics Department Internship Exchange, which entails a 10-week internship at Syracuse that "will be open to a student from MEAC institution and for a Syracuse student at one of the MEAC institutions or the conference office." Another aspect of the alliance is the Athletics Revenue Generation Conference, which is a seminar, focusing on revenue generation strategies for increased funding for athletics that "will be held with Syracuse, the MEAC and MEAC institutional staffs" (Syracuse POST-STANDARD, 9/24). MEAC Commissioner Dennis Thomas said, "We both agreed that it shouldn't be about just games. It should be about professional development. It should be about internships. It should be about sharing expertise." Syracuse AD John Wildhack: "I want our student-athletes who are going to compete against MEAC schools to learn about those schools, about HBCUs and the importance they play in higher education. I want that to be a part of their experience here at Syracuse" (AP, 9/23).

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