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Conference Realignment- With NCAA comments


Dane96
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BIG NEWS. The NEC confirmed A-10 lax by announcing the NEC lax league is DONE due to departures to the MAAC and A-10.  

1. NEC- Losing four teams including Bryant, St. Joes, Bryant, Hobart, and Mt. St Mary's.  Wagner, LIU, Merrimack, and Sacred Heart.  Stonehill DOES NOT sponsor Lax.  If you believe the NEC commissioner, then the NEC is expecting to expand and that school will have lax.  Stonehill is likely to start up lax (my guess only), and that would give the NEC 5 teams...still not enough.  The NEC would be 10 teams: CCSU, Wagner, SFU, SFU-Brooklyn, Sacred Heart, Merrimack, LIU, FDU, Stonehill, and another school.  So if they plan on bringing back lax, they will need at least one affiliate.  The NEC is also very much at risk for losing SFU-Brooklyn, bringing them back to 9.  Howard is most likely to announce the CAA move in June, so the Morgan St and Delaware St. moves are likely.  Neither school has lax...maybe they add.  But the most likely lax scenario is affiliate status for the NEC to rebuild their league. 

2. MAAC- The MAAC is losing St. Bonaventure and Monmouth.  They will be left with Marist, Manhattan, Siena, Quinnipiac, and Canisius.  They are gaining Mt. Saint Mary's.  That's six.  Then they pick up 3 in LIU, Wagner, and Sacred Heart. They then add VMI as an affiliate (announced last month).  That's 10.  That's ungodly, even for a season.  I really don't know how the NEC is rebuilding lax...and I think this is more permanent than the NEC is letting on.  With 14-15 lax games, I can't see how the league isn't losing another school, presumably the Q.   

3. The CAA will lose UMASS definitively.  They gain Monmouth, SBU, and Hampton.  The original A-10 rumor had Fairfield going to the A-10 lax.  If this happens, it basically cements the CURRENT view that Fairfield is out of the CAA North permanent all-sports talks.  The pressure will clearly be on them to put up or shut up if indeed the North is coming down to Albany and Fairfield (I think the Q is not a school the CAA wants).  The CAA Lax league will be Delaware, Towson, Drexel, Hofstra, Monmouth, SBU, and Hampton (if this all goes through).  At 7, this is a good size and the CAA isn't "forced" to add a lax school ASAP.  They could continue the alleged talks they are having with North schools.  SBU for UMASS is a wash...Same with Monmouth and Fairfield.  Hampton is an afterthought.

4. A-10- Now becomes St. Joe's, UMASS , St. Bonaventure, Fairfield, Hobart, Richmond (leaving SoCon).  That's six teams.  They will need one more.  So Merrimack COULD be in play.  However, the original rumors had High Point (they have a huge focus on the Northeast for enrollment...and the fact they have not been added as a CAA South team (yet) seems to be an indication they will be in play for the A-10.  If Howard is added to the CAA (and they will be based on all accounts so far), then the next southern school for the CAA will be a football school (or is likely to be).

5. SoCon- they are done...completely done.  Richmond, High Point, VMI, and Hampton are gone.  Mercer and Jax will need to find a home.

6. America East- loses SBU but gains Bryant.  Net zero loss in numbers.  AE is at 7 schools.  They could take on Merrimack however, I have to think the fact that they have not secured the services of a new league means one of the following:  1) The AE is ok at 7; 2) The AE is gaining an 8th (Quinnipiac) and certainly does not want to go 9 (takes away from ALL IMPORTANT OOC games that can shoot a great team up the rankings like Albany has done in the past, with wins); and 3) Ok with an 8th but may be waiting to see if Albany to the CAA is real...I don't think it is for this year...but who knows.  

The Big East and PL are unlikely to pick up Merrimack.  

 

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On 6/7/2022 at 3:55 PM, statefan said:

Sounds like he retired prior to accepting this position ..... which likely pays pretty nicely ..... with better weather

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16 hours ago, cwdickens said:

Sounds like he retired prior to accepting this position ..... which likely pays pretty nicely ..... with better weather

Highland Park is not paying anything close to what he was making at Bryant, which was around $300k with yearly incentives achieved, close to $270k without.  

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1 hour ago, Dane96 said:

Highland Park is not paying anything close to what he was making at Bryant, which was around $300k with yearly incentives achieved, close to $270k without.  

As I said, his new position likely pays nicely, whether or not close to $270,000....

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https://www.highlandparklacrosse.org

Check out the sponsors. This is a very wealthy suburb of Dallas. Their stadium is bigger than Casey. Not saying he’s making D1 money, but if he was looking for a good place to retire, at a storied program....this could be it. Weather has to be better than Rhode Island. 

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49 minutes ago, UAalum72 said:

Report that Howard has backed out of moving to the CAA
 

 

Absolutely SHOCKING news.  They were set to announce on the 16th that they were joining.  I think they are left with two choices right now:  Albany and Fairfield.  

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Just now, Dane96 said:

Absolutely SHOCKING news.  They were set to announce on the 16th that they were joining.  I think they are left with two choices right now:  Albany and Fairfield.  

Actually, check that...they need a Southern school. Towson wants to be in the North.  

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