Morgan State football's Lee Hull still counting win vs. Virginia-Lynchburg

Morgan State's 61-0 rout of Virginia-Lynchburg on Sept. 19 at Hughes Stadium in Baltimore is not recognized by the NCAA after it was determined this past summer that Virginia-Lynchburg did not meet the collegiate body's accreditation standards and is on the NCAA's list of noncountable opponents.

That means little to Lee Hull.


Speaking during his weekly conference call arranged Tuesday morning by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, the Bears coach dismissed the notion that Saturday's game against league foe Savannah State could be viewed as the school's true home-opening contest.

"Virginia-Lynchburg was our home opener," Hull said. "We played the game. Like I said before, there were two teams there, and we played the game, and there was a score. So that was our home opener. This is our home opener in the MEAC, if you want to say that. Personally, we count that game because we played it. So we consider ourselves 3-2 and 2-0 in the league. So we're going to go out and treat this as another home opener and play the game."

Morgan State (2-2 overall and 2-0 in the conference), which shared last year's league championship with four teams, welcomes a Tigers squad (1-3, 1-1) that ended a 24-game losing streak and a 32-game skid in the MEAC after defeating Florida A&M, 37-27, on Saturday. Savannah State's last win occurred on Sept. 14, 2013 in a 27-20 victory over Division II Fort Valley State, and the program enjoyed its first positive result in the conference since 2011 when that squad nipped North Carolina Central, 33-30.

Hull said the Tigers are a different team from previous seasons.

"I saw them last year on film, and compared to this year, it's night and day," he said. "They're a good football team, and obviously, they're playing with some confidence. I expect those guys to come in here on a high."

The Bears need to win to keep pace with Bethune-Cookman (4-1, 2-0) and Norfolk State (2-3, 2-0) in the race for first place in the MEAC. But Hull said that isn't a priority at this time.

"We don't look at the standings," he said. "All we do is go and play one game at a time. I tell the guys – and we did this last year – that we're not going to look at the scoreboard, we're not going to look at the standings. All we're going to do is go out and play and stay focused because if you look at the standings and you lose a game, then you're depressed.

"Look at what happened last year. We lost two games and still ended up going to the playoffs. We don't look at the standings, I don't even go over the standings with the guys. All we do is focus on the next opponent and play and at the end of the year, it is what it is and if we're there and we've got a chance to win the conference in November, that's what we're fighting for right now, just to be relevant in November and have a chance to win the league."

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