BOXTOROW HBCU Coaches Poll: Undefeated No. 1 Aggies snag MEAC title; HBCU coaching carousel spins

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina A&T completed its regular-season quest to make history by becoming the first program in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference competition to complete a season 11-0.

The Aggies, who remained the No. 1-ranked team in the BOXTOROW Coaches Poll, secured the unbeaten record by knocking off in-state rival and defending MEAC champion North Carolina Central over the weekend. The victory also secured N.C. A&T a spot in the Dec. 16 nationally televised Celebration Bowl in Atlanta, where they will face the Southwestern Athletic Conference champion.

Second-ranked Grambling will face No. 3 Southern in Saturday’s Bayou Classic in New Orleans to determine the SWAC West division winner, which will meet East winner and No. 5-ranked Alcorn State on Dec. 2 for the SWAC championship in Houston.

“To end the season 11-0 I think says a lot about our coaching staff and the job they have done,” Aggies coach Rod Broadway told reporters after Saturday’s game. “And of course we have some great players. You get a chance to look back and enjoy it a little bit more. Normally, we have a game next week … But this time, we get to stay home so it may give me a chance to reflect on 11-0. I’m going to lay around.”

Beyond that, the biggest news out of HBCU football centers on the coaching vacancies that have come open just days after most teams completed their regular-season schedules. Already this week, Rick Comegy has been dismissed at Mississippi Valley State, James Spady was relieved after four seasons at Alabama A&M and Alex Wood stepped down after just three seasons at Florida A&M. Those three programs join Alabama State, which fired Brian Jenkins midway through his third season.

The BOXTOROW FCS coaches poll is voted on by HBCU Football Championship Subdivision coaches.


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2017 BOXTOROW FCS HBCU Football Coaches Poll Week 12

(Records through November 18, 2017)

No. Team W/L Pts
Last Week
1. North Carolina A&T
(17)
11-0 188
1
2. Grambling
(2)
9-1 173
2
3. Southern 7-3 147
4
4. Bethune-Cookman 7-4 116
6
5. Alcorn State 7-4 111
3
6. Howard 7-3 90
6
7. North Carolina Central 7-4 82
7
8. Hampton 5-5 51
10
9. Prairie View A&M 5-5 48
9
10. Tennessee State 6-5 35
8

Others receiving votes: Alabama State (4-6) 2, Norfolk State (4-7) 2.
(1st place votes in parentheses)

Note: (1st place votes in parentheses)

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