UPDATE 2:15pm ET
Northeast Conference Commissioner Noreen Morris came out with a statement on Monmouth and Quinnipiac departing the league.
“This morning, I was informed by the presidents of Monmouth University and Quinnipiac University of their decision to withdraw from the Northeast Conference as of June 30, 2013,” Morris said in a statement. “We are now the 25th Division I conference to be impacted by the wave of conference realignment.”
“The Northeast Conference is excited about its future and the possibilities that lie ahead. Next year we will be 10 members strong; and all 10 members are fully committed to the league and its vision for success. The NEC Council of Presidents recently adopted a new 5-year strategic plan which clearly outlines the importance of the sport of basketball and the desire to remain on the cutting edge relative to media exposure and branding.”
MAAC to Add Monmouth and Quinnipiac 12:49 PM ET
The MAAC Council of Presidents met on Friday to discuss possible expansion and it appears their verdict was to invite Monmouth and Quinnipiac into the fold.
Monmouth officially announced at around noon that they will be joining the MAAC in 2013-14.
“Monmouth is flattered by the invitation to join the MAAC,” Monmouth President Paul G. Gaffney said in a statement. “While we have enjoyed our relationships with the NEC member institutions and our successes on the field, Monmouth is pleased with the opportunity to aim for new goals.”
Monmouth won the NEC championship in men’s basketball during the 2005-06 season, beating Hampton in the play-in game in Dayton before falling to Villanova.
Quinnipiac meanwhile has been reported to be invited to the league and scheduled a press conference for Saturday which sources confirm will be to accept the invitation. CBS Sports Matt Norlander said on twitter that a source confirms to him that the Bobcats will join next season.
The Bobcats are 205-215 in their Division I history, having joined the Northeast Conference for the 1998-99 season. They have never made the NCAA Tournament in their Division I history.
With these two schools and Loyola (MD)’s departure to the Patriot League, the MAAC would have 11 members competing in basketball next season. MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor said last week that “there’s no combination of numbers that pose an insurmountable problem when it comes to scheduling” for the conference.