FLORIDA, Miss. (WJTV) – The Florida A&M Board of Trustees voted unanimously for the university to leave the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and join the Southwestern Athletic Conference. This decision was confirmed during Thursday’s Zoom teleconference.
According to the Tallahassee Democrat, FAMU’s membership in the SWAC will be effective for the 2021-22 school year.
“Coach Simmons is a great coach, they do a great job over there and it brings a little more competition in the SWAC,” said Jackson State head football coach John Hendrick. “Any time you can upgrade your competition, I think that bodes well for the league in terms of them coming in. Since the 1970s, there’s been a rivalry between Jackson State and Florida A&M, now we’ll be able to rekindle that. Hopefully now on a yearly basis. So, I’m looking forward to the competition.”
The SWAC headquarters is located in Birmingham, Alabama. With the addition of FAMU, the conference list of full membership jumps to 11 schools.