This actually would be an answer to my lax question:
Maybe? It's allowed on the women's side because like NCAA skiing, it's considered an "open" division. But I'm pretty sure you have to now, and all those schools/leagues you mention were grandfathered into it as exceptions at the time in like 1999 because they'd been fully D1 in hockey previous to the cut off date.Would they really have to bring their entire department up to D1? Ice Hockey is one of a few sports (men’s volleyball is another, off the top of my head) which has so few schools providing the sport that they combine D2 with D1 (ex: UMass Lowell prior to them joining AE). More than half of the WCHA is D2, that being another example.
I’m not sure Lindenwood would really have to make the full move.
New Haven has had authorization from their powers that be to move up for a while now. Yet to find a home, mostly because the NEC has good, even numbers now and doesn't need to add them just to add.New Haven to D1?
The University of New Haven has begun the ambitious process of becoming an NCAA Division 1 (D1) school. Director of Athletics and Recreation at the university, Sheahon Zenger, said that this movement is necessary for growth and will “provide more opportunities and a better experience for both...chargerbulletin.com
Probably bound for the NEC.....another regional D1 opponent in New England is good for all though.
Correct. New Haven fits the "NEC mold" very well and are a poor man's Sacred Heart, Bryant, and Merrimack.New Haven has had authorization from their powers that be to move up for a while now. Yet to find a home, mostly because the NEC has good, even numbers now and doesn't need to add them just to add.
I don't disagree with your point, but I think many small schools continue to look at D-I athletics as institutional legitimacy and an actual enrollment booster.How can schools like New Haven possibly be considering a move to D1?
Higher Ed--or rather second-tier, non-research schools like New Haven--is in for a reckoning. I have a feeling we'll be seeing a lot more schools cut sports and perhaps move from D1 to D2 in the next few years than we see this. I just can't imagine a school of such low resources being able to pitch this to their board of trustees. I really don't get it. 5,000 students and $100 million endowment, in New England where we're expected to see significant fewer high school, college-bound seniors in the coming decades? Doesn't make sense.
That said I had the same feeling about Merrimack--how would the trustees be willing to cut academic scholarships and financial aid (which they did at MC) to fund the cost of D1 athletics? Well, the trustees did ok cuts to financial aid to funnel more money into athletics. Politically I don't see how that would ever be possible for AE schools (outside maybe Hartford).
What are "NCAA revenues" for a league like NEC? When I look at the financial statements for the public universities in the AE I don't see much for revenues anywhere.Correct. New Haven fits the "NEC mold" very well and are a poor man's Sacred Heart, Bryant, and Merrimack.
Football makes them appealing to the NEC, but I just don't think the league is in a rush to add them and further dilute limited NCAA revenues. They don't add a new market with 2 existing teams (CCSU and SHU) in a small, crowded state and don't have great facilities. They have some work to do.
If needed, I'd rather see the NEC add Marist as an associate member in football.
Unless Bryant left for the MAAC or CCSU got the unexpected call from America East, I see no reason to add an 11th team to the NEC.
Yes, people feel that way. But that is just dumb. There are plenty of ways to build a brand outside of subsidizing half assed football with money the school could be using to do something worthwhile for students.Name recognition goes a long way. The lower level FBS schools have to answer the "who/where is that?" much more than the smaller state schools playing FCS football. Being a state school (non-directional, non-"at ____") in itself is a national brand, or at least has a much better foundation to build upon.
Most revenue is just the NCAA money from March Madness. Little else comes in from NEC championships, TV, or anything else. My point was, why would the NEC want to divide that amount into 11 or 12 shares, when we currently divide by 10?What are "NCAA revenues" for a league like NEC? When I look at the financial statements for the public universities in the AE I don't see much for revenues anywhere.
Why do you think it is bad to have three schools in the same market in the NEC? It can't be about television. To me, the rivalries would be stoked and the odds of full houses increased. I can see how market coverage could be a TV consideration for the Power 5 but why for the NEC?
Thanks for posting that. It was a very good read. Was interesting that he noted that should Hartford leave and America East decide to replace them that the AE would be operating from a position of strength as there would be a pretty long line of schools that would like to join. I was also thinking the conference is set up rather nicely for replacement/expansion should it be necessary...a far cry from where it was when the major defections took place.
Mentions Incarnate Word as the possible 14th WAC member, but there are facility and commitment concerns there. It's a decent sized (10k - though I suspect many commuters) Catholic school in San Antonio currently in the Southland, which would be another blow to that conference. Also says D2 West Texas A&M could be on the radar, but the school is concerned that if they move up it would damage D2 football in the region and break up the Lone Star Conference.
Mentions the Southland might try and reach out to Grambling, Southern and Prairie View A&M from the SWAC, but it's unlikely those schools accept, so they're looking at D2 schools, or just all having to go somewhere else.
The AE note is about Hartford. There's also a Missouri Valley note in there stating it would like to expand to 12 basketball playing members. Mentions Cleveland State and Murray State but also this "But two different industry insiders told me to watch for the MVC to potentially grab a school considerably outside of the Midwest. Think Texas. Think elsewhere in the South."
UT Arlington doesn't have football and is an outlier in the Sun Belt...so maybe them? Would be weird since I believe Missouri State would be the closest team. But, I think UT Arlington doesn't match with the Sun Belt long term...can probably rule out any Southland incarnation...would likely want to align with any CUSA split of its TX schools, but that's complicated with football as well.