Hampton off NSU's football schedule; no Battle Of The Bay in '18

NORFOLK, Va- The ripple affect of the Hampton Pirates leaving the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for the Big South Conference continues. On Monday, archrival Norfolk State released its 2018 football schedule and HU wasn't on it. Their annual showdown as it's known now as the Battle Of The Bay started in 1963 when John F. Kennedy was president. The two schools have played 54 times during that time.

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Hampton University and the MEAC have been in a bit of a standoff since the Pirates announced back in November they were leaving. The Spartans like everyone else in the conference will now only play seven conference games. As for whether or not the two schools will ever renew their rivalry, NSU Athletic Director, Marty Miller says, "No determination has been made regarding future games with Hampton University at this time".