The resurrection fo a program is hard to make happen. To turn a program around takes hard work, change, and lots of discipline. Morgan State went through the process eleven years ago when they hired current head coach Donald Hill-Eley. North Carolina Central is a little behind the curve as they got a new head coach and new direction for their program last season.
This week NCCU will try to ruin the homecoming festivities for the Morgan State Bears. Homecoming is a special event and many people return to see their team dominate so it's no secret that Morgan chose NCCU as it's homecoming opponent since the smashed the Eagles will to compete a year ago.
The Eagles have bounced back in 2012 and appear to have gotten more physical and more tenacious since last season. Ironically the homecoming is for the Bears but NCCU has ties to the DMV as well. Most of the NCCU coaching staff hails from the DMV and will be entertaining or hosting many members of their family at the game this weekend.
NCCU head coach Henry Frazier is a staple in the state of Maryland as he played and coached at Bowie State as he rebuilt their program and got them on the right track in the CIAA before heading off to Texas and then NCCU. Coach Frazier's staff from Bowie has followed him through the process and everywhere that they have gone they have been successful.
Because of their connection in the DMV area and the large contingency of NCCU alumni in the area I suspect that there will be a lot of maroon and grey flying high in Baltimore on Saturday. You often hear me mention that homecomings are like family reunions for HBCU's. Well in this case it will be as family, friends, and foes will all be in attendance.
Both teams are competiing to remain in first place in the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference. Both come into the game at two wins and no losses. Morgan has defeated N.C. A&T State University and Savannah State while NCCU has defeated Savannah State and S.C. State to get their victories. The winner of this game will have a seat at the top of the conference and position themself for a run at the MEAC championship.