The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament tips off tonight in Winston-Salem, NC and Joel Coliseum will be rocking. I'm exciited for great postseason basketball but admittedly oblivious to the MEAC basketball experience. I know of the participating universities and what's at stake, but outside of that, I am clueless.
In order to fully grasp the MEAC, I sat down for an EXCLUSIVE interview with Howard University grad Sean "Diddy" Combs:
CBS: Puff Daddy, let me start by thanking you for taking time out of your busy schedule to speak with me today.
Diddy: Don't call me Puff Daddy.
CBS: Oh, excuse me... Puffy?
Diddy: NO. It's P. Diddy.
CBS: Ah, I apologize. So, P. Diddy...
Diddy: Call me Diddy.
CBS: Ok now I'm just confused. Diddy, as a Howard University alum, tell me a little bit about the MEAC.
Diddy: The MEAC is made up of twelve historically black conferences. We got Hampton, Delaware State, Morgan State, South Carolina State, North Carolina A&T, Winston-Salem State, Florida A&M, North Carolina Central, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Bethune-Cookman, Coppin State and my Bisons at Howard University.
CBS: Are all of these teams participating in the MEAC Tournament? Who do you have winning it all?
Diddy: Nah, Winston-Salem is sitting out the postseason and going back to D-II next year. As far as the champs go, my Bisons are winning it all from the #8 spot.
CBS: Do you really think Howard can win it all as the #8 seed? Morgan State seems like a lock.
Diddy: The sun don't shine forever. So as long as it's here then we might as well shine together. Better now than ever, business before pleasure. Howard University, who you know do it better?
CBS: Well, I'd say Morgan State does it better. They went 15-1 in conference play and they're the defending conference tournament champs.
Diddy: Don't make a ass outta yourself by assumin', what are you provin'? You know that I'm two levels above you, baby.
CBS: Two levels, indeed. I still like Morgan State as the favorite but anything can happen in March, I guess. There are a lot of strong teams in this conference.
Diddy: Yeah, there's a couple teams that have the stremf they need to proceed. Stremf they need to believe.
CBS: I agree, lots of stremf. It's going to be a great tournament. Any key players to watch out for?
Diddy: Reggie Holmes from Morgan State leads the conference. Look out for Norfolk's Michael Deloach, too. Both are dropping 20+ points per game. Plus, they are future pro players, which means they'll have mo' problems.
CBS: Because they'll have mo' money, right?
CBS: Ok, that'll do it. Diddy, any last words?
Diddy: Yeah, I wanna say R.I.P. Biggie. Today, March 9th, is the thirteenth anniversary of his death.
CBS: I didn't realize that. I, too, read Word Up magazine. We'll keep him in our thoughts.
Diddy: My thoughts so big I just can't define. Wish I could turn back the hands of time. Us in the 6, shop for new clothes and kicks...
CBS: That'll be enough. Thanks again for your time.