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Old 12-14-2012, 09:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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MAAC expansion

Per Tony Graham of the Asbury Park Press:

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Itís official.

In a telephone call this morning, Monmouth University president Paul Gaffney received an invitation for the Hawksí athletic teams to join the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, and indicated the school will accept.

Monmouth will begin competing in the MAAC next fall.

More to come, so stay tuned.
Expecting QU to announce next ...
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Re: MAAC expansion

... and Quinnipiac bolts too, as expected.

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Quinnipiac has accepted an invitation to join the MAAC. Press conference scheduled for Saturday. #MAAC
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:32 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: MAAC expansion

Is it me or do others feel like the AEast is not doing enough to stay alive in this topsy-turvy world of realignment?
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Is it me or do others feel like the AEast is not doing enough to stay alive in this topsy-turvy world of realignment?
Well, they're still better off than the NEC. They're one move (and it could come from the AEC) from being crushed. But, yeah, there's a point coming soon where they have to do something. I think our admins find every option so unpalatable though, they aren't being proactive. Sometimes you have to make the best of a bad situation. Maybe someone should tell them?
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Re: MAAC expansion

Well here are the remaining options for AE expansion:

NEC (2013-14)
1. Bryant
2. Central Connecticut
3. Fairleigh Dickenson
4. LIU-Brooklyn
5. Mt. St. Mary's
6. Robert Morris
7. Sacred Heart
8. St. Francis Brooklyn
9. Saint Francis (PA)
10. Wagner

plus NJIT

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take your pick. Despite the massive conference realignments going on right now, there is no one else that is going to "fall down" into the AE's lap. In fact, the odds have increased that other conferences (CAA, A-10) may come calling for some current AE members
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Re: MAAC expansion

NONE - Stay at 8 for now. AE Members need to stick together until all this realignment crap is over. Stick together and we will probably come out stronger than most of these conferences.

I don't even want SBU/Albany to leave anymore. The league should stick together, invest in athletics and get better
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Re: MAAC expansion

AE may end up stronger if they stick together. Especially if the A-10 goes the way of the dodo.
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NONE - Stay at 8 for now. AE Members need to stick together until all this realignment crap is over. Stick together and we will probably come out stronger than most of these conferences.

I don't even want SBU/Albany to leave anymore. The league should stick together, invest in athletics and get better
Oh come.....go ahead......leave. St. Bonaventure, LaSalle and URI would love to have you as a new rival!
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Re: MAAC expansion

Just rumor, but the MAAC may be considering a later invite Wagner or Bryant as the 12 team.

Also, sources indicate NJIT has reached out to both the NEC and AE for an invite.
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But with the latest round of conference musical chairs opening up a spot in a league with an automatic bid for basketball, NJIT is expected to push hard to join either the NEC or the America East Conference, according to an individual familiar with the school's thinking.

The person asked not to be identified because any discussions about moving leagues are in their infancy.

While the NEC might be the more natural fit -- replacing a fellow New Jersey school in Monmouth -- the person said that the America East is "more interested right now" in the school. The conference will see its ranks fall to eight after Boston University leaves at the end of the school year.

Moving to either the NEC or America East would finally give the Newark-based university a solidified home for its athletic programs. Being in the Great West, NJIT travels to outposts like Texas-Pan American, Houston Baptist, Chicago State and Utah Valley. The Highlanders are the eastern-most school in the conference.
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Re: MAAC expansion

I agree with AE staying at 8 members at the moment. I dont think SBU has any plan to move to a new conference in near future. Our new arena will still have 4k capacity, perfect for a mid-major team in LI. There is no point moving up to CAA or A10 and fall to the bottom half with losing seasons (Hofsra and Fordham). AE is where we can continue to improve, compete with good mbb programs like Albany and Vermont and schedule exciting ooc games. And better chance of making to the tourney every year from the auto bid.
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I agree with AE staying at 8 members at the moment. I dont think SBU has any plan to move to a new conference in near future. Our new arena will still have 4k capacity, perfect for a mid-major team in LI. There is no point moving up to CAA or A10 and fall to the bottom half with losing seasons (Hofsra and Fordham). AE is where we can continue to improve, compete with good mbb programs like Albany and Vermont and schedule exciting ooc games. And better chance of making to the tourney every year from the auto bid.
I agree, plus AE academics are all good enough to be respectable to administrators and faculty who don't want the school associated with bad academics in any way.
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Well here are the remaining options for AE expansion:

NEC (2013-14)
1. Bryant
2. Central Connecticut
3. Fairleigh Dickenson
4. LIU-Brooklyn
5. Mt. St. Mary's
6. Robert Morris
7. Sacred Heart
8. St. Francis Brooklyn
9. Saint Francis (PA)
10. Wagner

plus NJIT



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take your pick. Despite the massive conference realignments going on right now, there is no one else that is going to "fall down" into the AE's lap. In fact, the odds have increased that other conferences (CAA, A-10) may come calling for some current AE members
So you are saying that if the CAA gets destroyed there is no teams that could fall into the AE's lap. I dont believe it.
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Re: MAAC expansion

If CAA gets destroyed, then its a different case and I would welcome back old AE teams if they want to join. But I don't think CAA will get destroyed. They will just go south for all sports teams (with or without FB).
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So you are saying that if the CAA gets destroyed there is no teams that could fall into the AE's lap. I dont believe it.
Again, it is highly unlikely.

Let's say the CAA loses both George Mason and JMU. Do you really think NU, Hofstra or Drexel are paying an $1 million exit fee to go back to the AE?

Much more likely the CAA will ask Albany and SBU to join as full memebrs - and yes I think they accept.

The CAA has a better TV deal and a huge exit fee - it is much more likely they will attract members from the AE, not lose members to the AE.

In this history of the NAC/AE all new members have come from the NEC, the old ECC, Big South, D-II, or D-I Independents.
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