lol I just have nostalgic memories of NOT playing them in conference everyone talks about them coming back all the time 🤷♂️It's been 15 years and people are still waiting for the old AE schools to come back home.
I feel like this would create the kind of savings that people were talking about in the other thread about Travel Partners, etc.I think it would be great to add a couple more solid programs in that geographical area. It would create a much better balance in team locations and might open the opportunity for two 6-team divisions that would help with travel. You could play the 5 teams in your division twice and the other 6 once on a rotational home/home basis. Same 16 game schedule as we’ve had.
The 10 we have are great, but if it was the right fit, I think we could accommodate two more.
I doubt Delaware State will be invited to the NEC alone, as that would give us 11 schools. It is likely Morgan State also joins the NEC with DSU.Rumor tonight that Delaware State will join the NEC. The MEAC appears to be all done. Interesting for Delaware State to join a mainly private school league. I don't get why people wouldn't want Morgan State in the AE. If I had my choice I would make a call to Howard and Morgan State and see if there was interest for the 2021 season. It's been 15 years and people are still waiting for the old AE schools to come back home.
CCSU and HowardI feel like this would create the kind of savings that people were talking about in the other thread about Travel Partners, etc.
In this hypothetical scenario...
America East North
Hartford, Maine, New Hampshire, UMass-Lowell, Vermont and ????
America East South
Albany, Binghamton, NJIT, Stony Brook, UMBC and ????
I think it is unlikely that Coppin State and UMES survive this and remain D-I. I just don't see a conference willing to extend them an invite.MEAC front office is having a press conference tomorrow morning. There are some circles trying to push some of the remaining MEAC schools, including all 3 Maryland teams, to D2 CIAA.
I've mentioned this before over the years when discussing AE expansion: there's only so much money to split. So unless you're adding membership that actively drives up revenue (the most obvious way would be a 2nd tournament bid, which there is no school that's ever been seriously on our radar that does that), we're just feeding more mouths from the same small bowl. I understand the "protection" tactic: build up membership numbers in preparation of having your membership poached. But maybe I'm naive, but I don't think the AE is really threatened right now in that way, especially now that we're at 10.With the fact that the AE is a one-bid league, which gives them a set $ income from the NCAA Tournament, I think it might be too dangerous to split the pie more than 10 if that pie doesn't grow.