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Here are some details from the Burlington Free Press
New Jersey Institute of Technology's academics and its location played large roles in making the move to America East, raved officials during Monday's news conference to introduce the Newark school.
NJIT, formerly of the Atlantic Sun Conference, will officially join America East on July 1.
The addition of NJIT gives America East, home to the University of Vermont, 10 member institutions for the first time since 2004-05, when Northeastern left for the Colonial Athletic Association. America East last brought on a new school in 2013 when UMass-Lowell transitioned from D-II.
"When you think about conference movement and conference alignment at this level, it really is about institutional fit — and that is something that absolutely resonated and was a priority for our Board of Presidents," America East Commissioner Amy Huchthausen said. "We think there is no better home than the America East Conference."
“All conferences have fees when you leave. There are penalties based on timing. I can’t get into the specific numbers right now but, yeah, there was a fee to leave but it was something that made sense and a lot of reasons to do,” Kaplan said. "Our airline travel, especially, just gets converted into ways we can look to be more competitive — everything from potentially making our nutrition stations that much bigger, maybe adding a scholarship someplace."
Late Monday night, Kaplan responded to the Free Press' public-records request on the exit and entry fees. Kaplan said the fee to leave Atlantic Sun and the fee to enter America East were the same: $200,000.
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While a potential union was an ongoing discussion for several years, talks intensified over the last month, officials said Monday.
“It really started as a scheduling conversation as they were looking for more geographic nonconference teams to play in a number of sports,” Huchthausen said. “We were looking for potential scheduling alliance partners for some of our schools but also potential associate members in a couple of our sports.”
Over the last 15-plus years, NJIT's rise from the Division II ranks and the last D-I independent school in the country to its success in Atlantic Sun did not go unnoticed by America East.
NJIT also vastly improved its athletic facilities in recent years. NJIT built a $110 million multipurpose events center in 2017 and opened a new outdoor stadium for its soccer and men's lacrosse programs last fall.
“Once you have all the decision points it’s just a matter of making the decision,” Huchthausen said.
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Would love to know Tom's feelings on this subject....assuming Dr. Toro couldn't care less...