North Carolina Central to move to Division I, MEAC

DURHAM, N.C. -- Trustees at North Carolina Central University unanimously approved a vote to move the school's sports affiliation to Division I in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

NCCU, which will play in Division I-AA in football, will move
from the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, a Division
II conference. NCCU will start adding MEAC teams to its roster
starting next year as part of a five-year process.

The initial motion was made by trustee Glenn Adams.

NCCU, a founding member of the MEAC in the early 1970s, left the
league a few years later, when MEAC was reclassified Division I
from its original Division II affiliation.

In the MEAC, NCCU will compete against other historically black
colleges and universities that offer comprehensive curricula and
masters' degrees, said NCCU Chancellor James Ammons. Its CIAA
rivals offer mostly bachelor's degree programs, he said.

In September, consultant Andrew Fellingham told the committee
investigating the move that, based on 2004 expenses, moving to the
MEAC would require an annual athletic budget of $5.4 million.

In 2004, NCCU spent about $2.3 million on athletics.