THE MOUNTAIN EAST CONFERENCE AND SOUTH ATLANTIC CONFERENCE FORM A FOOTBALL SCHEDULING ALLIANCE
BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. – The Mountain East Conference and South Atlantic Conference have formed a football scheduling alliance, MEC Commissioner Reid Amos announced on Tuesday morning in a joint release by the conference offices. The scheduling alliance is for the 2025 and 2026 football campaigns.
In a historic partnership, the football member institutions from both conferences will fill available non-conference dates with a focus on travel distance and competitive balance. In addition to providing quality non-conference matchups, the collaboration will ensure that every team in each conference will be able to complete a full 11-game regular season schedule.
Both conferences will have 11 football members beginning in 2025, making a non-conference scheduling agreement between the conferences a natural fit.
“We look forward to this football scheduling partnership with the South Atlantic Conference in 2025 and 2026 as we expect a series of exciting matchups,” said MEC Commissioner Reid Amos. “Our conferences are highly competitive NCAA Division II leagues, and we anticipate that this partnership will be mutually beneficial to the SAC and the MEC.”
South Atlantic Conference Commissioner Patrick Britz added the following about the partnership between the two leagues
“The SAC is thrilled to reach this agreement with the Mountain East Conference,” said (SAC) Commissioner Britz. “As two of the stronger football conferences in NCAA Division II, we feel this ‘outside the box’ idea will ensure full and competitive schedules for all our football teams.”
Mountain East Conference football members in 2025 include Alderson Broaddus, Charleston, Concord, Fairmont State, Frostburg State, Glenville State, Notre Dame College, West Liberty, West Virginia State, West Virginia Wesleyan, and Wheeling.
South Atlantic Conference football members in 2025 include Anderson, Carson-Newman, Catawba, Emory & Henry, Lenoir-Rhyne, Limestone, Mars Hill, Newberry, Tusculum, UVA-Wise, and Wingate.
ABOUT THE MEC
The Mountain East Conference features 12 NCAA Division II member colleges and universities located in three states. The league sponsors 23 NCAA championship sports. MEC teams have won six NCAA team national championships, have played in 13 NCAA Championship games, and won 42 regional championships. MEC student-athletes also excel in the classroom with over 2,600 earning academic recognition in 2022-23. The league has also produced ten Elite 90 award winners, recognizing the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average who has reached the site of the finals for each of the NCAA's 90 men's and women's championships across its three divisions. The Mountain East Conference is headquartered in Bridgeport, West Virginia.
ABOUT THE SAC
The South Atlantic Conference, now in its 47th year of existence, continues to be one of the premier NCAA Division II Conferences. With 13 full-member institutions, the conference is renowned for its athletic tradition and excellence as well as its commitment to academic excellence. The SAC develops inclusive student-athlete leaders who achieve excellence in the classroom, in athletic competition, in civic engagement, and who graduate with the skills and knowledge necessary to make a positive difference in a multicultural society.