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Subject: According to the NEC football website, it's official that Rhode Island will become an associate member of the NEC for football only in 2013. They will remain a member of the CAA for 2011 and 2012.


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[> Subject: Re: According to the NEC football website, it's official that Rhode Island will become an associate member of the NEC for football only in 2013. They will remain a member of the CAA for 2011 and 2012.


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Coffee
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Date Posted: Monday, November 22, 09:06:01pm

This is a great add for the NEC and a good decision for Rhode Island. I'm still upset that the A-10 Leadership passed up an opportunity to form a conference program around Duquesne, Dayton, Fordham, Rhode Island and other similar schools who want to field a good limited scholarship program without breaking the bank and violating Title 9.

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[> Subject: Re: According to the NEC football website, it's official that Rhode Island will become an associate member of the NEC for football only in 2013. They will remain a member of the CAA for 2011 and 2012.


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Fr. Straub
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Date Posted: Thursday, November 25, 09:33:42am

I think that Duquesne and Rhode Island should start lobbying Fordham and Dayton to join the NEC. Both A-10 brothers would be a good fit. Fordham can't even compete for the Championship in the Patriot since they have added scholarships. They aren't even a charter member there so I don't know why the Patriot wanted to keep them if the rest of the conference doesn't want to add scholarships.

This conference thing is going to get competitive. While I am disgusted with what the CAA did to the A-10 by taking their entire football program, the A-10 schools could cooperate with the NEC and lend them strength as Duquesne, Dayton, Fordham and Rhode Island form a nucleus of a real A-10 football program. The last A-10 program was dominated by non-charter A-10 football Yankee Conference members who had no loyalty to the A-10 and left when they saw a better opportunity and a better managed conference.

The Patriot should have added Duquesne when they had a chance, playing the Patriot teams is no longer considered "playing up" if you look at the RPI and Sagarine. The NEC has passed them both. The Patriot was so busy looking down their noses that they are now in trouble if Fordham leaves them with only one associate member they deemed acceptable- Georgetown. With the new rankings from the USN&WR and others, Duquesne doesn't have to prove themselves academically either.

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Coffee
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Date Posted: Thursday, November 25, 11:15:57am

"Suddenly the NEC looks like a pretty good option for us."

This is a quote from a discussion thread from FordhamFans.com. A few months back the Fordham Board did a poll as to what conference they should join since the Patriot doesn't offer scholarships and the NEC was totally disrespected. After some starte posting the GPI, RPI and Sagarin Conference Rankings, they started seeing what Duquesne and what now Rhode Island see. In an era when the choice is between dropping football and buying what is affordable, the NEC offers a very competative program that now doesn't have to grovel to get even consideration for the NCAA playoffs.

Dayton really should follow to the NEC too since the discussion on their board is whether they, at #22 will even make it in to the playoffs. The NEC could be one of the strongest FCS conferences with Albany, Duquesne, Rhode Island, Dayton and Fordham as associate members.

Dayton has a huge football endowment and Fordham would offer another great New York City anchor.

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