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MEAC struggles to gain national respect

Originally Published: February 28, 2005
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

There are times, during the pay-game blowouts, when Butch Beard sits on the sideline and silently seethes.

The highly paid coach on the other bench plays his starters longer than necessary. The fans urge the home team for more. The score balloons from runaway to rout to rampage. Beard's Morgan State players are sacrificed on the altar of big-time basketball bloodlust.

"When they're still piling it on with three or four minutes left I sit there and think, 'If I ever get the opportunity ...

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