West Long Branch, NJ (Sports Network) - Having announced a move to the Metro
Atlantic Athletic Conference in most sports, Monmouth University has been
denied its bid to remain in the Northeast Conference as an associate member in
Monmouth, an NEC member in football since 1996, also attempted to remain as an
associate member in field hockey and bowling. On Thursday, the NEC accepted
only the field hockey program.
The Hawks football program, 5-5 under longtime coach Kevin Callahan this past
season, may have to spend at least the 2013 season as an FCS independent. The
Big South Conference and Patriot League, both seeking to expand membership,
could be potential landing spots for Monmouth.
Reacting to the NEC's decision, Monmouth released the following statement:
"Recently the Northeast Conference Council of Presidents voted on and made the
decision to decline Monmouth University's application to join the NEC Football
league as an associate member. We are disappointed in this decision in light of
the fact that Monmouth has always been an exemplary member of the conference,
both on and off the field, particularly in the area of securing an automatic
bid to the NCAA Division I playoffs. On the other hand, we knew this was a
possible outcome so we have been actively pursuing a new home for MU football
and we anticipate a positive outcome in the near future."
Monmouth will join the MAAC in most sports for the 2013-14 academic year.
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