Quiz: How well do you know your northeastern college conferences?
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We've wrapped up Day Two here at the NCAA Convention. Bryan and I recorded another Going For Two Podcast, where we discuss an interesting proposal for DIII schools, changes in football spring practice, what to expect today, and more.
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But beyond networking, creating tons of unique videos for Collegiate Sports Connect, catching up with reporter friends, and trying to cover the actual convention, we're also trying to stay on top of all the other college sports news.
Realignment, for example, hasn't slowed down. Multiple reports point to Monmouth, Stony Brook and Hampton heading to the CAA in all sports, with potentially other schools to follow.
That leaves multiple conferences with vacancies to fill. The MAAC, for example, plans to try to expand to 12 teams:
MAAC commissioner Rich Ensor says on a media conference call the goal is to get to 12 teams for the 2022-23 season, which would mean adding two schools, given that Monmouth is reportedly on its way out to the CAA.
— Mark Singelais (@MarkSingelais)
Jan 19, 2022
Ensor also added, on Twitter, that while some coaches might prefer the league stay at ten, membership uncertainty basically everywhere creates incentives to expand into a larger league. After all, nobody wants to be one or two defections away from potentially losing an AQ. And hey, who knows what the AQ rules are going to be in eight months?
@MarkSingelais Coach has a point, if realignment was over and you were set at 10. Uncertainty in membership base across 32 conferences drives the need for a higher number to satisfy NCAA BB AQ continuity standards.
— Rich Ensor (@MAACCommish)
Jan 19, 2022
Bryan and I were sitting at breakfast yesterday, as I was texting a few sources and trying to figure out who the MAAC might potentially target...when we both realized something. We were having trouble keeping everybody in the MAAC, NEC, and America East completely straight.
That isn't because we think those leagues aren't important. There's great college basketball at many schools in those conferences, and they can claim deep fanbases and long histories. It's just that I'm from the midwest, and Bryan is from Texas, and while we both cover college sports...we're really football guys at heart. We just don't know as many people who went to say, Marist. We try really hard to keep track of everything, but it's going to be easier for me to rattle off the MAC than the MAAC, at least, off the top of my head.
If we were having trouble, well, it's possible some of you might be in the same boat.
So in between AD interviews and source calls, I whipped up a little quiz for everybody. HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR NORTHEASTERN CONFERENCES?
In this ten-question quiz, we picked two schools from the America East, NEC, MAAC, the Northeastern 10 of DII...and also two fictional universities.
If you nail this on the first try, you're probably a refined college basketball fan and I'd trust your judgment about where to get a good slice of pizza. If you struggle, well, maybe you're from Ohio.
If you want the solutions, well....
(Barnett College, of course, is where Indiana Jones teaches, so it isn't real. Maguire University was a scam invented to help high school coaches get tickets to the Final Four. NJIT and UMass-Lowell are very real, and play in the America East. Rider and Saint Peter's are in the MAAC. Saint Francis and LIU are in the NEC, and New Haven and St.Michael's are in the NE10).
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