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Savannah State joins MEAC

Winston-Salem, NC (Sports Network) - Savannah State University has been granted a provisional membership into the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, beginning July 1, 2010.

The announcement was made Wednesday by the conference.

"We are pleased to extend membership and welcome Savannah State University to the MEAC family," said MEAC commissioner Dennis E. Thomas. "The addition of SSU keeps us in compliance with our long range and strategic plan of adding up to 14 members. Adding SSU to the membership completes the geographical footprint that bridges our South Carolina and Florida institutions."

SSU must comply with three stipulations regarding student-athlete scholarships, athletic budget and staffing by September 1, 2011 before full membership into the conference can be granted.

Savannah State originally applied for membership into the MEAC in 2006 but faced an NCAA probationary period that deferred the process until May 2009. The Tigers then submitted another application.

03/10 17:12:12 ET