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Listen to HBCU Voice Episode 5: A News & Observer sports podcast

North Carolina A&T running back Tarik Cohen (28) runs for one of his three touchdowns during a 41-34 win against Alcorn State in the Celebration Bowl at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015. (Hyosub Shin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)
North Carolina A&T running back Tarik Cohen (28) runs for one of his three touchdowns during a 41-34 win against Alcorn State in the Celebration Bowl at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015. (Hyosub Shin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS) TNS

The Celebration Bowl proved to be a success for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

It premiered on ABC and outdid 15 FBS bowl games in terms of viewership. Each conference also received $1 million for playing in the game.

Most of us disagreed with forfeiting a chance to play in the FCS playoffs for a bowl game pitting two HBCU conferences. So we asked ourselves, after the success of the game, have our viewpoints changed on the game?

A group of diversity groups have also requested the NCAA make a requirement for athletic directors to interview at least one black candidate before making a decision on who to hire, similar to the “Rooney Rule” in the NFL.

We talk about whether we like that and whether we think it would be effective for black coaches and college football programs.

Jonathan M. Alexander: 919-829-4822, @jonmalexander1

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