- Virginia State and Winston-Salem State (CIAA)
- Bethune-Cookman and South Carolina State (MEAC)
- Albany State (SIAC)
- Jackson State and Prairie View A&M (SWAC)
- Tennessee State (Independent)
The second observation is that it looks quite familiar. In fact, there has been just one change from last year: Clark Atlanta is out, and Prairie View is in. This is a significant upgrade, and with all respect due to PVAMU, I don't mean that as a slight at Clark. It's purely opportunity based. After all, while folks travel from all over to attend Honda, bandheads in Atlanta have every opportunity to see CAU on a regular basis. Prairie View is more of a treat in that sense.