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Re: Future of America East
« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2013, 09:49:51 pm »
Apparently U Mass Lowell will be announced as a member of America East tomorrow!! (Word on AE forum) I think its a great addition. They have a nice arena called Tsongas center. And 4 hours bus trip. Hope Bryant is next!

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Re: Future of America East
« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2013, 10:47:44 pm »
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Re: Future of America East
« Reply #17 on: February 12, 2013, 11:41:59 pm »
I like it. They fit the type of institution AE wants. Besides what other D1 options are there? Bryant cant move without a place for their football. Same problem with CCSU. NJIT not better than Lowell IMO.

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Re: Future of America East
« Reply #18 on: February 13, 2013, 07:31:22 am »
yeah we have little options so Lowell sounds like the logical move but I would've like sitting with eight a bit longer and explore any possible D1 members that may arise in the future...
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Re: Future of America East
« Reply #19 on: February 13, 2013, 07:51:03 am »
I agree, but that is assuming we will be in AE for a long time. Although I think our AD is committed to AE, other AE members might not think that way. AE made this move with especially SBU in mind, more as a precaution for future stability, thinking that we might bolt to CAA all sports if all the cards are right and CAA is still attractive. I don't blame other AE members thinking that way. SBU is a very attractive institution right now, doing well in all sports, in a large metro area, and academically excellent.

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Re: Future of America East
« Reply #20 on: February 13, 2013, 09:43:34 am »
Lowell is a Division II school

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Re: Future of America East
« Reply #21 on: February 13, 2013, 09:45:28 am »
Lowell is a Division II school

I meant what other D1 options are available to AE as oppose to Lowell from D2.

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Re: Future of America East
« Reply #22 on: February 13, 2013, 12:27:03 pm »
I don't like the UMass-Lowell addition at all!!  Is it just me, or doesn't this take the prestige of AE Conference down a notch by dipping into D-II for an addition?  It seems to me that there are probably a number of programs that would like to join a conference with UVM and SBU in it--even if they are not being so outspoken about it quite yet.  Bryant would certainly be a better choice, but any number of programs from NE or MAAC, for example, would be better than UMass (Lowell) IMHO.

My bottom line is that I hope the AE does not rush to make a move until things settle out a little bit more, just to get one or two more additions, unless they're truly quality additions. 

SBU, of course, should take the same approach before prematurely jumping to another conference.  If the program keeps winning the way they have been, many invitations are likely to follow.

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Re: Future of America East
« Reply #23 on: February 13, 2013, 05:03:50 pm »
I would have lked to see a Siena or Marist make the jump. Both are in the MAAC both have lax and decent basketball programs and are  sound  in academics. U Mass  Lowell played against us back in our D3 days  so they havent moved far in the last 15 years.

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Re: Future of America East
« Reply #24 on: February 13, 2013, 05:46:57 pm »
As I said, it's not to my liking, but here it is nonetheless--with the NJIT reference, as well.

http://www.midmajormadness.com/2013/2/13/3984524/umass-lowell-transition-division-1-america-east

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« Reply #25 on: February 13, 2013, 10:31:08 pm »
Well Sbugold. This is not the first time the AE picks up Division II schools. Remember that they were the ones that gave the SUNY a break by allowing us 10-13 years ago. But that's not my problem with Umass-L... UmassL is simply not at the level of any AE research University. But I'm sure they will improve in the future... There is not much we can do afterall. No one wants to be in the AE so we are left without much choice
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Re: Future of America East
« Reply #26 on: March 25, 2013, 10:51:37 pm »
George Mason announced today they are joining the A10 on July 1.  With Old Dominion and Georgia State also leaving the CAA at the end of this school year that leaves the CAA with only 9 teams.  There probably will be some new talk about SBU joining the CAA.  The CAA needs to rebuild and SBU has a lot to offer.  Maybe Hofstra's lack of excitement about SBU being a part of the CAA (if that is true) will not matter quite as much considering where the CAA is at now. 

If Dayton and St Louis leave the A10 after next year for the new Big East (as has been rumored all over) - and once the SB Arena gets opened - there might be room for SBU in the A10.  That is jumping a few levels but the way the athletic program is developing in all sports hopefully - in a few years - that would be a possible fit because it is hard to imagine a better spot for SBU long term. 



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Re: Future of America East
« Reply #27 on: March 26, 2013, 07:27:34 am »
Oh boy. This is getting closer and closer to us every day. Hold on tight! Forget the CAA!
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Re: Future of America East
« Reply #28 on: March 26, 2013, 08:42:49 am »
I would love to see them in he A10, but think the CAA will eventually be our home for all Div1 sports...  I guess SBB going into the CAA is better then staying in to AE !!

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Re: Future of America East
« Reply #29 on: March 26, 2013, 08:49:40 am »
For those wondering... considering the changes above, the A10:




And the CAA:

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