I may be opening a can of worms here, but why did the MEAC begin to fall apart while the SWAC has held it together and gained members?
I never perceived much difference in the two leagues. Both made up of HBCUs with seemingly loyal fan bases. But the MEAC has lost members to both the SWAC and a PWI conference and is barely hanging on.
For one thing, all of the SWAC members play football. Tougher to fill your schedule when Coppin St and UMES don't play it. Also, until the Southland defections, the MEAC schools seemed to have more choices on conferences to join. Hampton and NCAT took advantage.
Buffalo Lake Laker