The South Carolina State football team served as the halftime entertainment Saturday during the basketball game with FAMU.

With MEAC commissioner Dennis Thomas on hand along with school president James Clark and athletics director Stacy Danley, the Bulldogs and head coach Buddy Pough were on the court where they were presented with their MEAC championship trophy. The Bulldogs earned a share of the title by finishing 6-2 in the league, their 17th league crown and seventh under Pough.  Redshirt freshman Corey Fields was named MEAC Rookie of the Year, while Pough earned his third MEAC Coach of the Year accolade. Eight Bulldogs earned All-MEAC honors.

Pough says sharing the MEAC title is nice but he wants his team to take the next step in 2020.

"Exactly, we'd like try to see if next year we can make this thing happen for real. We were just practicing this year," Pough said.

"2020's got to be our year because I'm getting pretty old. We need to get this thing done.

"It was a good year for us. It was a year where we competed pretty favorably in every game. We should have won the two games we lost. I'm still kicking myself because of the A&T and FAMU games. Both of those games were games we lost at home. It's strange that we win a conference championship - or we tie for a conference championship - and the two games we lost were conference games at home. That's crazy. We don't ever get over having done that deal. So, I'm looking forward to seeing if we can get back in the league and play better at home."

The 19th year of Buddy Ball kicks off Sunday, September 6 as the Bulldogs will face Grambling State in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge. The game will be played at Georgia State's stadium.