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Re: Merrimack to NEC?

Post by Skyhawkct » Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:05 pm

Indeed as was stated, it is what it is. Not thrilled at all...not in the least...but it's better than the league shrinking.

Years ago there was some talk about Delaware State which I welcomed because of it being another state university.

I know I'm beating a dead horse, and JJ mentioned it but with the budget the way it is, I can't see us leaving the NEC. I'm sure the cost issue is a huge factor as to why we are still stuck in the league.

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Re: Merrimack to NEC?

Post by J.J. » Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:38 pm

Skyhawkct wrote:
Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:05 pm
Indeed as was stated, it is what it is. Not thrilled at all...not in the least...but it's better than the league shrinking.

Years ago there was some talk about Delaware State which I welcomed because of it being another state university.

I know I'm beating a dead horse, and JJ mentioned it but with the budget the way it is, I can't see us leaving the NEC. I'm sure the cost issue is a huge factor as to why we are still stuck in the league.
Sky - I think we are stuck in the NEC for a long time too, but for a slightly different reason. I don't think it primarily a budget issue in that sense that we can't afford it. The exit fee from the NEC is likely about $250k. The entry fee to the AE is likely another $250k or so. Our travel costs wouldn't change much in the AE and I doubt we'd add any scholarships back immediately.

I think we aren't in the AE simply because they have never extended CCSU the invite. A change in conference membership is a one-time cost at less than $1 million, something we could get from donors or simply find in our existing $14M annual budget over a few years.

I'd like to think that Dr. Judd, Dr. Miller, and now Dr. Toro would jump at the opportunity to associate our school with the New England publics and SUNYs. It is a no-brainer from both an ACADEMIC and ATHLETIC standpoint. I hope Toro and Barrio take a serious attempt to obtain an invite.

However, it can't ever happen if we aren't invited. I absolutely think the size of our athletic budget relative to the AE schools is a major factor against us. I think we are in a better position than we were back in the early 1990s in regards to budget, facilities, and competitiveness but I don't know what the interest is from the AE Presidents. The additions of both UMBC and UMass-Lowell, while Central remains in the NEC is a real kick in the pants :(

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Re: Merrimack to NEC?

Post by J.J. » Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:24 pm

CCSU vs. Merrimack

Football (1-0)
2007 - W, 45-7 vs. Merrimack

Men's Basketball (13-4)
Dec. 9, 1967 - W, 88-82 at Merrimack
Dec. 7, 1968 - W, 79-58 vs. Merrimack
Dec. 1, 1970 - W, 92-85 at Merrimack
Dec. 4, 1971 - W, 96-87 vs. Merrimack
Feb. 28, 1973 - W, 72-69 at Merrimack
Feb. 27, 1974 - W, 97-89 vs. Merrimack
Feb. 26, 1975 - W, 89-76 at Merrimack
1975-76 - L, 90-105 vs. Merrimack
Feb. 23, 1977 - L, 95-108 at Merrimack
Dec. 29, 1977 - L, 72-89 vs. Merrimack (@ SHU Holiday Tourney)
Feb. 22, 1978 - L, 71-78 vs. Merrimack
Feb. 21, 1979 - W, 86-77 at Merrimack
Feb. 20, 1980 - W, 72-69 vs. Merrimack
Jan. 22, 1982 - W, 73-72 at Merrimack
Feb. 26, 1983 - W, 84-65 vs. Merrimack
Feb. 11, 1984 - W, 84-81 at Merrimack
Dec. 6, 1984 - W, 60-54 vs. Merrimack

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Re: Merrimack to NEC?

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Re: Merrimack to NEC?

Post by Skyhawkct » Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:37 pm

"I''d like to think that Dr. Judd, Dr. Miller, and now Dr. Toro would jump at the opportunity to associate our school with the New England publics and SUNYs. It is a no-brainer from both an ACADEMIC and ATHLETIC standpoint. I hope Toro and Barrio take a serious attempt to obtain an invite."

Point well taken JJ.

Having said that, I surely hope those rumors of Schlickman turning down an AE invite were just that...rumors.

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Re: Merrimack to NEC?

Post by hilltopper » Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:32 pm

I guess the question mark can be removed from the thread title. it is official.
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Re: Merrimack to NEC?

Post by ccsuhoops » Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:51 pm

I know it wont happen but wouldn't it be cool if the new AD did a Q&A type event to answer all these questions?

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Re: Merrimack to NEC?

Post by Larryl9797 » Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:56 pm

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Somerset, NJ -- Merrimack College has accepted an invitation from the Northeast Conference’s Council of Presidents to become the league’s 11th member, it was announced today by NEC Commissioner Noreen Morris.

Merrimack, located in Andover and North Andover, Massachusetts, will become a full member of the conference in 2023-24 upon completion of its four-year NCAA Division I reclassification period.

“We are thrilled to welcome Merrimack College to the Northeast Conference family!” Morris said. “From the outset it was extremely evident that President Hopey and the entire campus community had a clear vision to elevate the academic and athletic profile of Merrimack College. With increased investment in resources, capital improvements and personnel, that vision has become a reality with Merrimack’s most successful competitive season in 2017-18 and the college’s largest incoming freshman class ever entering in the Fall 2018. We are very excited that the NEC will be the future home of the Warriors!”

Twenty-two of Merrimack’s 24 teams currently compete at the NCAA Division II level. Men’s and women’s ice hockey currently compete as Division I programs and will remain in Hockey East.

“The College’s 2011 strategic plan, the Agenda for Distinction, called for Merrimack College to become a Division I institution to compete and excel at the highest level,” said college President Christopher E. Hopey, Ph.D. “We are pleased that our record of achievement and growth has resulted in this invitation to compete in the NEC and partner with its outstanding member institutions.”

Merrimack’s Director of Athletics, Jeremy Gibson, also expressed his excitement.

“Our student-athletes have enjoyed tremendous success academically and athletically. We are thrilled that they will have the opportunity to pursue excellence through membership in the Northeast Conference, and that our entire community will experience the excitement of Division I athletics across all of our program,” he said.

Nicknamed the Warriors for the college’s founding to educate World War II veterans, Merrimack has been a member of the Northeast-10 Conference since 1984. From a competitive standpoint, Merrimack enjoyed its most successful year ever in 2017-18, highlighted by winning the NCAA DII men’s lacrosse national championship and three NE10 championships (baseball, men’s lacrosse and men’s soccer). Likewise, seven teams qualified for the NCAA tournament (baseball, men’s basketball, men’s cross country, men’s lacrosse, men’s soccer, softball, men’s tennis) in their respective sports, a school record.

Merrimack won the 2017-18 NE10 Presidents’ Cup, awarded annually to the top athletics program among the 15 member institutions that make up the conference. The Warriors also finished 44th out of 268 schools in the Learfield Director’s Cup standings.

Merrimack offers a broad-based athletic program, fielding 10 men’s and 14 women’s sports teams. Sports sponsorship at Merrimack includes baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, football, women’s golf, men’s and women’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s lacrosse, women’s rowing, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field, and women’s volleyball. Merrimack will sponsor 21 of the NEC’s 23 sports in 2019-20, the only exceptions being men’s golf and women’s bowling.

Merrimack will be incorporated as fully as possible into NEC athletic schedules beginning with the 2019-20 season. During its reclassification Merrimack will be able to participate in NEC championships in NCAA non-automatic qualifier sports (cross country, swimming and diving, and indoor and outdoor track and field) only.

“Congratulations to President Hopey and the entire Merrimack community on joining the Northeast Conference,” said Saint Francis University President and Chair of the NEC Presidents Council Fr. Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R., Ph.D. “We are excited to welcome our newest member at this exciting time in conference history, and are very pleased they accepted our invitation. The Warriors will enhance the level of competition and bring a new dimension to the league. Merrimack is a perfect fit for the Northeast Conference.”

The NEC is expanding for the first time since 2012 when Bryant was added to the membership. Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Brooklyn, Robert Morris, St. Francis Brooklyn, Saint Francis U and Wagner are charter NEC members. Mount St. Mary’s was admitted in 1989, Central Connecticut in 1997, Sacred Heart in 1999 and Bryant in 2012.

A formal media availability and campus celebration will be hosted by Merrimack College in its basketball arena at the Merrimack Athletics Complex at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 13.

For media inquiries, please contact Chris Aliano (Merrimack Assistant AD/Communications) at alianoc@merrimack.edu or Ron Ratner (NEC Senior Associate Commissioner) at rratner@northeastconference.org.

About The Northeast Conference
Now in its 38th year, the Northeast Conference is an NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association consisting of 10 institutions of higher learning located throughout six states. Media coverage of the NEC extends to four of the largest markets in the United States - New York (#1), Pittsburgh (#22), Baltimore (#26), and Hartford/New Haven (#30). Founded in 1981 as the basketball-only ECAC Metro Conference, the NEC has grown to sponsor 22 championship sports for men and women and now enjoys automatic access to 15 different NCAA Championships. NEC member institutions include Bryant, Central Connecticut, Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Brooklyn, Mount St. Mary’s, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart, St. Francis Brooklyn, Saint Francis U and Wagner. For more information on the NEC, visit the league’s official website (www.northeastconference.org) and digital network (www.necfrontrow.com), or follow the league on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat, all @NECsports.

About Merrimack College
The only Catholic Augustinian college in New England, Merrimack College is an independent, coeducational institution with more than 4,600 undergraduate and graduate students from 34 states and 36 countries, comprising schools of liberal arts, science and engineering, health sciences, education and social policy, and business. The college’s 220-acre campus is situated approximately 25 miles north of Boston in North Andover and Andover, Mass. Merrimack is a Master’s Colleges & Universities/Medium Programs institution in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
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Re: Merrimack to NEC?

Post by Skyhawkct » Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:04 pm

Well, I'm glad Noreen Morris is thrilled. I'm certainly not. In just a few years we may be welcoming the "Pine Manor Gators". :?

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Re: Merrimack to NEC?

Post by ccsuhoops » Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:18 pm

Skyhawkct wrote:
Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:04 pm
Well, I'm glad Noreen Morris is thrilled. I'm certainly not. In just a few years we may be welcoming the "Pine Manor Gators". :?
Ditto. She's never going to bring the NEC to what it could be, she will stay status quo for as long as possible, reaping a big check no doubt. Our only defense to being stuck here it to annihilate the competition in every sport so perhaps the AE will come knocking.

Merrimack, I can see the conference rpi numbers heading upward already :roll: #-o

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