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iBOsbu

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Future of America East
« on: January 15, 2013, 02:07:13 pm »
I was wondering if anyone heard anything new with regard to AE adding new member? Last I heard, was few weeks ago, that Bryant might be a candidate. I hope it was more than just a rumor. I just hope AE adds couple of good members soon and be done with (like PL did with BU and Loyola and MAAC did with QU and Monmouth).

Bryant is doing excellent this year so far and would be a great addition. If AE waits too long, they might end up in MAAC or PL.

Besides Bryant, I am not sure who else would be a quality addition. CCSU seems blah. NJIT has potential. Old AE, current CAA, members are not going to come back with $1m exit fee.

AE leadership needs to act soon.
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Re: Future of America East
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2013, 09:31:30 pm »
I think the conference is in a holding pattern. They want  to see who gets poached out of the A10 by the Catholic 7 and who may wind up in the A10.  Bryant would be a great pickup and they seem eager to join. Solid in hoops and lacrosse. Time will tell, hey we may wind up somewhere other than the AE.

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Re: Future of America East
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2013, 02:38:15 pm »
i know! After everying settles down, we might not even be in AE! Althought it seems for now, SBU is happy in AEC, and for that reason, I really hope AEC strenghten by adding quality available members.

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Re: Future of America East
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2013, 03:53:12 pm »
Don't any of you think that Wagner or LIU Brooklyn would make for nice rivalries?

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« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2013, 04:17:11 pm »
I was thinking the same thing, but SB basketball and all of their NCAA sport programs would  need to show continue growth in the AEC and win a couple conference championship before a move out, A move into the MAC would be fine with me!!!! I would think thats how it works !!! Any you college NCAA experts know what it takes for a school to move from one conference to another!!!!!!

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« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2013, 04:42:46 pm »
We dont have any history with Wagner or LIU Brooklyn and they are very different institutions comparing to AEC members... IMO, a good rivalry would be something like we have with Albany! I would prefer a large public university, in the same peer level as other AEC universities. Too bad a strong program like BU left to PL.

A move to MAC would be good, but we years behind such a move so its an unrealising thinking now. JMU, UD and others are in much better position than us, and can't get into MAC. Umass and Buffalo would have been great rivals though.

I like where AEC stands now, just wish we had couple of more well known members that would excite our fanbase. I really wish teams like Hofstra, Northeastern, UD come back to AEC. But that will never happen. They seem to be happy there. Northeastern are at the top of CAA at the moment!

Thats why Bryant would be a good add, although a smaller institution. They have good basketball, lacross and soccer programs.

I guess we just have to be patient and see what happens with C7 and A10. That will shape much of north-east midmajor conferences.
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Re: Future of America East
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2013, 05:54:28 pm »
I guess I must have misled everybody in my last reply.  I wasn't suggesting that SBU should move to the MAC; I kind of like most of the teams in the AE.  I was hoping that maybe teams like LIU or Wagner could come over to the AE.  But, I guess you're right--it would be better to entice some more similar universities (e.g. Rhode Island; maybe they'll eventually figure out that the move to A10 wasn't such a great idea)

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Re: Future of America East
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2013, 06:11:46 pm »
Hold on tight. No moves yet until this realignment settles down. Moving right now is too risky especially when you have to wait a year or two to actually move to the new conference. That "two" year requirement has proved to be deadly for schools that jumped the gun. i.e: What the hell is Temple going to do next year when the Basketball teams join the Big east as the entire conference has pretty much fallen apart. Lets wait, become the brand name of the AE, continue upgrading facilities (LaValle should be the next one on the list especially if want to go FBS), and continue growing our fan base.

The move is bound to happen but lets make sure we ready for it first. I like the AE members right now and the conference provides us ability to compete and be at the top. Its a great conference. A year ago I wanted SBU to leave asap but now I just think is best if we hold on and build some winning tradition here
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Re: Future of America East
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2013, 06:14:06 pm »
Ditto

btw Rhode Island would be a perfect addition to AE, but I would be very surprised if that ever happens!

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« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2013, 06:21:25 pm »
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« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2013, 08:42:10 pm »
Rumors on other boards say Bryant may be invited to join the America East after BU  officially leaves.  They are a strong private school academically and good in lacrosse and  hoops . They are in the middle of the  AE footprint  in Rhode Island. So maybe  we will see  them make a move. I would support a move to the MAC and join our sister school UB someday.  The  MAC  has good  size state schools and plays FBS footbaal.  I think we would get Buffalo's support in such a move.

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« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2013, 11:40:43 pm »
That would be great if true. On AE board, they are saying that Merrimack is planning to move from D2 to D1 and join AE.

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« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2013, 10:49:48 am »
A lot of speculation on CAAzone.. Many wants CAA to add Davidson and Stony Brook for all sports and stop at total 12 members and create north south division. Davidson, although decided against joining CAA last year, would be interested now because of CofC's decision and because App U and Georgia Southern might move to Sunbelt leaving SoCon depleted!

South
Davidson
UNCW
CoC
W&M
GMU
JMU

North
Stony Brook
Hofstra
Drexel
Delaware
NE
Towson

(16 games, 10 against own division and 6 against other division).

I actually find that very attractive if there is no more bolting towards A-10 (Looking at GMU) or towards FBS (looking at JMU).

That's actually better than AE and should have at least 2 bid to tourney, may be even 3!

One thing though, I really hope we win at least one AE tourney before moving anywhere. Just so that I can say YES we won the whole thing in AE.
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« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2013, 04:37:04 pm »
Just a note on Bryant on moving to the AE and leaving their football in the NEC. Monmouth got slammed by the  NEC  since the Hawks moved to the MAAC.  Barred from NEC  in football making them an independent this season.  So I dont see Bryant coming over until they find a home for their football program. Tough situation for Monmouth  Football.

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« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2013, 06:46:38 pm »
Just a note on Bryant on moving to the AE and leaving their football in the NEC. Monmouth got slammed by the  NEC  since the Hawks moved to the MAAC.  Barred from NEC  in football making them an independent this season.  So I dont see Bryant coming over until they find a home for their football program. Tough situation for Monmouth  Football.

Yes.. I read that too. This makes Bryant's decision really difficult (and probably CCSU if AE wants them). Does it make a program like NJIT more attractive? I dont really fancy them much. They dont really add anything in terms of other sports! No LAX.