HailWildcats.com mourns the loss of ardent supporter Susie Lyle

The HailWildcats.com community would like to take a moment to honor the life of our sister, Susie Lyle, who passed from this world into the next on Memorial Day Weekend.

Susie loved her family, loved her church and loved Bethune-Cookman University. She was an ardent supporter of HailWildcats.com and traveled with us frequently by chartered bus and chartered plane to support Bethune-Cookman football. Susie was loving, supportive and always encouraging. Her infectious smile and gracious personality will be deeply missed by us all. We offer our sincere condolences to Susie’s family and friends.

All Hail Wildcat! You have earned your wings.

Mourns The Passing Of “Cy” McClairen – Bethune-Cookman University Athletics

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jack Forsyth “Cy” McClairen, the living embodiment of all things Bethune-Cookman University Athletics, whose contribution to his beloved alma mater included seven decades as a playing, coaching and senior administrative living legend as well as a father figure, passed away on Monday, December 28, 2020. He was 89.

 “The world has lost a Hall of Famer, ” said Lynn W. Thompson, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics. “I am merely one of the thousands of people whose lives have been significantly impacted directly by this man as a coach, father figure, leader and friend. The Wildcat Nation and beyond pauses in prayer to simply say ‘Thank You God for Jack ‘Cy’ McClairen’.”
— Read on bcuathletics.com/news/2020/12/28/general-bcuathletics-mourns-the-passing-of-cy-mcclairen.aspx

MEAC Announces Plan for Spring 2021 Competitions for Fall Sports

NORFOLK, Va., August 19, 2020 – The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) has unveiled a scheduling model for how fall sports could be played in the spring 2021 semester, depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and the NCAA scheduling guidelines for fall championships being played in the spring. Each individual institution can opt out of competing in the spring based on local and state COVID-19 conditions.

This action follows the conference’s announcement in July that the fall season would be suspended.

“Although it’s still too early to tell if the coronavirus conditions will improve fast enough to allow us to reconvene spring sports, we want to be prepared with a plan of action,” Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, President of Howard University and chair of the MEAC presidents and chancellors, said.

Next spring, football teams will play a slate of six regional conference games, with teams split into divisions. The season would span from February 27 through April 24, with a championship game set for May 1. Volleyball season in the spring semester will potentially span from the first weekend of January through February, with the MEAC Volleyball Championship being held the weekend of March 13-14 in Norfolk, Va. The volleyball championship game will be played on Sunday, March 14. These dates are tentative and subject to change. Teams’ schedules will be available at a later date.

A regional schedule will be implemented for men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, baseball and softball. In addition to keeping the mental and physical health and safety of student-athletes, coaches and staff at the forefront, this scheduling model will also minimize the amount of time student-athletes spend out of class, eliminate air travel and reduce travel expenses.

The divisional breakdown will be as follows: Northern Division: Coppin State, Delaware State, Howard, Maryland Eastern Shore, Morgan State, Norfolk State. Southern Division: Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M, North Carolina A&T State, North Carolina Central, South Carolina State.

“As has been the case since this pandemic started in March, the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, university staff and fans are paramount,” MEAC Commissioner Dennis E. Thomas said. “I want to thank both the Forecasting Committee and the Health and Medical Advisory Group for their tireless efforts in formulating this plan.”

The MEAC Forecasting Committee, comprised of several of the conference’s Directors of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrators (SWAs), has been working since April – meeting twice a week to formulate a variety of plans for intercollegiate competition in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the Forecasting Committee has consulted with the MEAC Health and Medical Advisory Group, which is made up of the league’s team physicians and head athletics trainers.

All options were considered, from a normal fall schedule to a modified fall schedule and moving the fall sports to the spring.

MEAC Suspends Fall Sports

NORFOLK, Va., July 16, 2020 – The Council of Presidents and Chancellors of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announces that the league will suspend all sports competition, championship and non-championship segments, for the 2020 fall season, as a result of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. A decision is yet to be made on whether fall sports schedules will be moved to the 2021 spring semester.

The conference currently plans to proceed with winter sports competitions as scheduled, unless health and medical professionals advise otherwise. We will apprise the public on further decisions.

Read on: https://meacsports.com/news/2020/7/16/general-meac-suspends-fall-sports-season-due-to-covid-19.aspx