|Maynor: Hampton wonít finish seventh in MEAC football|
|First-year coach predicts better outcome|
|Published Wednesday, August 6, 2014 9:53 am|
NORFOLK, Va. – New Hampton coach Connell Maynor was more subdued than at his previous media luncheons as Winston-Salem State’s coach in the CIAA.
Nevertheless, Maynor did give one guarantee. “You picked me to finish seventh (in the MEAC), that’s not going to happen,” he said at last week’s MEAC Football Luncheon.
Maynor led the Rams to three straight CIAA championships in four seasons, including a runner-up finish in the 2012 NCAA Division II championship. He replaces Donovan Rose, who spent 23 years on the Pirates sideline, but was released last season.
Rose has since returned to the university as an assistant athletic director for development.
“All y’all think I’m cocky. I’m not cocky, I just know what my God can do,” Maynor continued.
N.C. A&T coach Rod Broadway is the most upbeat since he took the job three seasons ago.
The Aggies were under NCAA sanctions for low graduation rates and had lost scholarships and the ability to hold a spring practice.
Despite that, Broadway led N.C. A&T to back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in 13 years, including last year’s 7-4 record.
The sanctions were lifted this year, allowing the Aggies a spring practice for the first time under Broadway.
Coaches took notice and picked N.C. A&T to finish third behind Bethune-Cookman and South Carolina State, respectively.
“On a scale of 1 to 10, I feel a 10,” Broadway said. “We know there are high expectations, and we are capable of having a breakout year. We’ve just got to be consistent. That’s what makes champions.”
Delaware State coach Kermit Blount is the third MEAC head coach who is a former CIAA head coach, and the second one from WSSU. Even Blount’s coaching staff is a CIAA reunion with former Virginia Union and Virginia State head coaches Arrington Jones and Andrew Faison, respectively.
The Hornets, picked fifth, have gone 15-19 in Blount’s three-year tenure. They are the least penalized team in the conference.
This season, he said, may be their breakout year.
“We have a tough early schedule, but we feel ready to finally compete for a MEAC title,” he said. “The players have been working hard and now they are ready to back it up. If we can stay healthy and stay disciplined, we will be in the hunt.”
In the no surprise department, Bethune-Cookman was predicted to win its third straight title. The Wildcats shared the conference championship last season with South Carolina State, which was picked second.
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