MAAC expands, NEC shrinks

Conference reconfiguration continues on all levels. According to the sources familiar with the process, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will add Quinnipiac, and  Monmouth from the Northeast Conference. Wagner was on the list to join, but sources familiar with the process at Wagner said the Seahawks had second thoughts about the financial commitments necessary. The announcement will be made on Friday.

The MAAC currently has 10 teams, but will lose Loyola of Maryland to the Patriot League. The newcomers will boost the MAAC to 11 teams if Wagner chooses not to join.

The Northeast Conference will drop from 12 to 10

The MAAC, which is expected to officially approve the move at a meeting of the conference Presidents on Friday wants to set up a system similar to the Ivy League in which each team will have a ‘travel partner” during the conference season

.The Northeast Conference could stay at 10 teams or could make a geographical move by taking New Jersey Institute of Technology which is out-of-place in the Great West Conference, playing with schools such as Utah Valley, North Dakota, Texas-Pan American, Houston Baptist and Chicago State.


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  8 comments for “MAAC expands, NEC shrinks

  1. John
    December 14, 2012 at 11:41 am

    The Great West won’t exist after this season, so that certainly won’t be a hang up for NJIT moving anyways.

  2. Danny
    December 13, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    NJIT will soon be independent. UND is already in the Big Sky. UVU and CSU are both going to the WAC in 2013. UTPA has been invited to do the same, and is expected to accept. HBU is going to the Southland in 2013.

    NJIT is the only Great West school that hasn’t found a new home.

  3. Cartographer
    December 13, 2012 at 9:30 am

    This is realignment for the sake of realignment. Teams are now moving just because other teams are moving. I see no real reason for Monmouth and Wagner to take their football teams out of the NEC for what might be a marginal gain in MAAC basketball. Penny wise and pound foolish. As for the NEC, they should look at Shepherd University on the Eastern Tip of West Virginia, which can get them back to 10, stabilize their football numbers, and finally give Mount St. Mary’s a travel partner. Central Connecticut is probably the next to leave, so the NEC should also start looking at a D2 school in New England, New York, or New Jersey to replace them. But not NJIT. Yuck.

  4. Rex
    December 12, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Mark-what do you think of Marist women’s basketball? Pretty good program, huh?

  5. Anonymous
    December 12, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Why would Wagner go? Their facilities stink, they can’t win anything at the NEC level except football, which the MAAC doesn’t have. Makes zero sense.

  6. Scoony
    December 12, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Mark do you have any idea where this leaves CCSU? They have been more consistent than all the teams that moved up.

  7. Bob
    December 12, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Loyola is moving to the Patriot League

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