First State, First Place

By - October 12, 2006

A three-hour drive out of Charlotte late Tuesday night brought your humble narrator to Raleigh for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference media day and press luncheon at the RBC Center.

Delaware State, which returns four starters from a club that finished 16-2 in the MEAC (and 21-14 overall), received all 14 first-place votes in a poll of the league's head coaches and sports information directors. Chief among the returnees for the two-time defending regular-season champs is reigning MEAC Player of the Year, Jahsha Bluntt.

Hornets coach Greg Jackson, whose Princeton-style offense is somewhat of an anomaly in a conference that embraces up-tempo styles, was named the league's Coach of the Year last season by his peers.

The preseason prediction are as follows:

1. Delaware State (14): 308 points
2. Norfolk State: 228
3. Florida A&M: 202
4. Coppin State: 196
5. Hampton: 164
6: South Carolina State: 160
7: North Carolina A&T: 146
8. Bethune-Cookman: 110
9. Howard: 94
10. Morgan State: 70
11. Maryland-Eastern Shore: 30

Posted by at 11:57 AM on October 12, 2006

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