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|Subject: NEC and/or Atlantic 10 Football Futures
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Date Posted: Saturday, December 04, 05:40:17pm
I guess its time to bring up the most obvious post season topic we have had. The Atlantic 10 was out maneuvered by the CAA and lost its football program. In actuality, the A-10 never really did much to form this conference in the first place since it just took over the tradition rich Yankee Conference.
The NEC has been good to the Dukes, but we have little in common with the other schools in it. There are three factors that should dictate a successful combination of schools into a conference.
1. Academics and Tradition- Duquesne is a Private, Tier 1 National University with just over 10,000 students. Not to sound snobbish, but we need to affiliate with institutions with similar traditions and programs academically and athletically.
2. Athletic Programming and Emphasis- Duquesne's goal is to have a nationally ranked program consistently in the Top 100 with a real shot at making the NCAA expanded format each year. In football, we don't want to drain resources or have facilities to compete with Penn State or even Delaware on an equal footing. Playing Delaware or even a low BCS team with a marginal chance to actually win is about as high as we can afford to go. Villanova seems to be taking a huge risk by going BCS and going head to head with the land grant and state universities.
3. Geography- A trip by chartered plane is great once a year, but most of the Duke's games are limited to an 8 hour bus ride.
Schools that meet these criteria include Atlantic 10 brothers Duquesne, Dayton, Rhode Island and Fordham. Others include Georgetown and some CAA schools like Rhode Island who may not have the resources to keep up with UMass and Delaware such as Maine, New Hampshire and Towson.
I'm sure there are other existing programs or schools that would start or re-start programs if they had a home that fits their needs. La Salle's stated reason for dropping their program was being able to find opponents to match their own.
I like playing RoMoCo each year and believe that the NEC is a much better fit than the MAAC was but I believe that Rhode Island was just the first move of many.
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Date Posted: Sunday, December 05, 04:10:22pm
Does anyone know if you can watch the televised nec games from this year and previous years?
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