The 2016 MEAC/SWAC Challenge will be played Sunday, Sept. 4 from Municipal Stadium in Daytona Beach, Fla. The 12th annual event will match defending SWAC champion Alcorn State University against defending MEAC champion Bethune-Cookman University. The game will air live on ESPN at 1 ET. Alcorn State will be making its first appearance in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge. The game will also be the first for new coach Fred McNair, who took over after Jay Hopson departed for Southern Miss. In 2015, Alcorn State went 9-4 overall, 7-2 in the SWAC. They beat Grambling State in the SWAC Championship game and earned a spot in the inaugural Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl. Bethune-Cookman will be playing in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge for the third time, having won its two previous appearances (2011, 2012). The Wildcats are led by Terry Sims, who just completed his 1st season at the helm and was recognized as the MEAC coach of the year. Bethune-Cookman went 9-2 overall in 2015, recording a 7-1 mark in the MEAC that was good enough to earn a share of the conference championship.