2014 Conference Alignment

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  1. RobtheAggie

    RobtheAggie Member

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    It is that time of the year when conference realignment starts. I will try and keep this updated. Schools in Bold have moved or created a program. I know there will be more movements. Just let me know.

    Version 1.0

    America East

    Albany
    Binghamton
    Hartford
    Mass-Lowell
    New Hampshire
    Stony Brook
    UMBC
    Vermont

    American Athletic
    Central Florida
    Cincinnati
    Connecticut
    Memphis
    Navy - in 2015
    South Florida
    Southern Methodist
    Temple
    Tulsa

    Atlantic 10
    Davidson
    Dayton
    Duquesne
    Fordham
    George Mason
    George Washington
    La Salle
    Massachusetts
    Rhode Island
    Saint Joseph's
    Saint Louis
    St. Bonaventure
    Virginia Commonwealth

    Atlantic Coast Conference
    Boston College
    Clemson
    Duke
    Louisville
    NC State
    North Carolina
    Notre Dame
    Pittsburgh
    Syracuse
    Virginia
    Virginia Tech
    Wake Forest


    Atlantic Sun Conference
    Florida Gulf Coast
    Jacksonville
    Lipscomb
    Northern Kentucky
    North Florida
    Stetson
    South Carolina-Upstate

    Big East Conference
    Butler
    Creighton
    DePaul
    Georgetown
    Marquette
    Providence
    Seton Hall
    St. John's
    Villanova
    Xavier

    Big South Conference
    Campbell
    Coastal Carolina
    Gardner Webb
    High Point
    Liberty
    Longwood
    Presbyterian College
    Radford
    UNC Ashville
    Winthrop

    Big Ten
    Indiana
    Maryland
    Michigan
    Michigan State
    Northwestern
    Ohio State
    Penn State
    Rutgers
    Wisconsin

    Big West Conference
    Cal Poly - SLO
    CS Fullerton
    CS Northridge
    UC Davis
    UC Irvine
    UC Riverside
    UC Santa Barbara
    Sacramento State

    Colonial Athletic Association
    College of Charleston
    College of William and Mary
    Delaware
    Drexel
    Elon
    George Mason
    Hofstra
    James Madison
    Northeastern
    UNC Wilmington

    Conference USA
    Alabama-Birmingham
    UNC Charlotte
    Florida Atlantic
    Florida International
    Kentucky
    Marshall
    New Mexico
    Old Dominion
    South Carolina


    Horizon League
    Cleveland State
    Detroit
    Green Bay
    Loyola (IL)
    Milwaukee
    Oakland
    UIC
    Valparaiso
    Wright State

    Independent
    Belmont
    Georgia State
    Georgia Southern ??? No word what will happen to their soccer program
    Howard
    Incarnate Word
    NJIT

    Ivy Group
    Brown
    Columbia
    Cornell
    Dartmouth
    Harvard
    Penn
    Princeton
    Yale

    Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
    Canisius
    Fairfield
    Iona
    Manhattan
    Marist
    Monmouth
    Niagara
    Quinnipiac
    Rider
    Siena
    St. Peter's

    Mid-American Conference
    Akron
    Bowling Green
    Buffalo
    Hartwick
    Northern Illinois
    West Virginia
    Western Michigan

    Missouri Valley Conference
    Bradley
    Central Arkansas
    Drake
    Evansville
    Loyola-Illinois
    Missouri State
    SIU Edwardsville

    Northeast Conference
    Bryant
    Central Connecticut
    Fairleigh Dickinson
    Long Island-Brooklyn
    Robert Morris
    Sacred Heart
    St. Francis (NY)
    St. Francis (PA)

    Pac 12
    California
    Oregon State
    San Diego State
    Stanford
    UC Los Angeles
    Washington

    Patriot League
    American
    Army
    Boston University
    Bucknell
    Colgate
    Holy Cross
    Lafayette
    Lehigh
    Loyola (MD)
    Navy - until 2015

    Southern Conference
    Appalachian State - leaving for the Sun Belt, but soccer will stay in the So Con
    East Tennessee St
    Furman
    Mercer
    UNC Greensboro
    VMI
    Wofford

    Summit League
    Denver
    Eastern Illinois
    IPFW
    IUPUI
    Nebraska-Omaha
    Oakland
    Oral Roberts
    Western Illinois

    West Coast Conference
    Gonzaga
    Loyola Marymount
    Pacific
    Portland
    San Diego
    San Francisco
    Santa Clara
    St. Mary's


    Western Athletic Conference
    Air Force
    Chicago St
    CS Bakersfield
    Grand Canyon
    Houston Baptist
    Missouri-KC
    San Jose State
    Seattle
    UNLV
    UVU
    UTPA - 2015
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  2. jeffconn

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    Navy is going to the American in football only. They will remain in the Patriot for every other sport, including soccer.
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  4. RobtheAggie

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    Thanks for catching that.


  5. RobtheAggie

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    Version 1.1
    America East
    Albany
    Binghamton
    Hartford
    Mass-Lowell
    New Hampshire
    Stony Brook
    UMBC
    Vermont

    American Athletic
    Central Florida
    Cincinnati
    Connecticut
    Memphis
    South Florida
    Southern Methodist
    Temple
    Tulsa

    Atlantic 10
    Davidson
    Dayton
    Duquesne
    Fordham
    George Mason
    George Washington
    La Salle
    Massachusetts
    Rhode Island
    Saint Joseph's
    Saint Louis
    St. Bonaventure
    Virginia Commonwealth

    Atlantic Coast Conference
    Boston College
    Clemson
    Duke
    Louisville
    NC State
    North Carolina
    Notre Dame
    Pittsburgh
    Syracuse
    Virginia
    Virginia Tech
    Wake Forest


    Atlantic Sun Conference
    Florida Gulf Coast
    Jacksonville
    Lipscomb
    Northern Kentucky
    North Florida
    Stetson
    South Carolina-Upstate

    Big East Conference
    Butler
    Creighton
    DePaul
    Georgetown
    Marquette
    Providence
    Seton Hall
    St. John's
    Villanova
    Xavier

    Big South Conference
    Campbell
    Coastal Carolina
    Gardner Webb
    High Point
    Liberty
    Longwood
    Presbyterian College
    Radford
    UNC Ashville
    Winthrop

    Big Ten
    Indiana
    Maryland
    Michigan
    Michigan State
    Northwestern
    Ohio State
    Penn State
    Rutgers
    Wisconsin

    Big West Conference
    Cal Poly - SLO
    CS Fullerton
    CS Northridge
    UC Davis
    UC Irvine
    UC Riverside
    UC Santa Barbara
    Sacramento State

    Colonial Athletic Association
    College of Charleston
    College of William and Mary
    Delaware
    Drexel
    Elon
    George Mason
    Hofstra
    James Madison
    Northeastern
    UNC Wilmington

    Conference USA
    Alabama-Birmingham
    UNC Charlotte
    Florida Atlantic
    Florida International
    Kentucky
    Marshall
    New Mexico
    Old Dominion
    South Carolina


    Horizon League
    Cleveland State
    Detroit
    Green Bay
    Loyola (IL)
    Milwaukee
    Oakland
    UIC
    Valparaiso
    Wright State

    Independent
    Belmont
    Georgia State
    Georgia Southern ??? No word what will happen to their soccer program
    Howard
    Incarnate Word
    NJIT

    Ivy Group
    Brown
    Columbia
    Cornell
    Dartmouth
    Harvard
    Penn
    Princeton
    Yale

    Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
    Canisius
    Fairfield
    Iona
    Manhattan
    Marist
    Monmouth
    Niagara
    Quinnipiac
    Rider
    Siena
    St. Peter's

    Mid-American Conference
    Akron
    Bowling Green
    Buffalo
    Hartwick
    Northern Illinois
    West Virginia
    Western Michigan

    Missouri Valley Conference
    Bradley
    Central Arkansas
    Drake
    Evansville
    Loyola-Illinois
    Missouri State
    SIU Edwardsville

    Northeast Conference
    Bryant
    Central Connecticut
    Fairleigh Dickinson
    Long Island-Brooklyn
    Robert Morris
    Sacred Heart
    St. Francis (NY)
    St. Francis (PA)

    Pac 12
    California
    Oregon State
    San Diego State
    Stanford
    UC Los Angeles
    Washington

    Patriot League
    American
    Army
    Boston University
    Bucknell
    Colgate
    Holy Cross
    Lafayette
    Lehigh
    Loyola (MD)
    Navy

    Southern Conference
    Appalachian State - leaving for the Sun Belt, but soccer will stay in the So Con
    East Tennessee St
    Furman
    Mercer
    UNC Greensboro
    VMI
    Wofford

    Summit League
    Denver
    Eastern Illinois
    IPFW
    IUPUI
    Nebraska-Omaha
    Oakland
    Oral Roberts
    Western Illinois

    West Coast Conference
    Gonzaga
    Loyola Marymount
    Pacific
    Portland
    San Diego
    San Francisco
    Santa Clara
    St. Mary's


    Western Athletic Conference
    Air Force
    Chicago St
    CS Bakersfield
    Grand Canyon
    Houston Baptist
    Missouri-KC
    San Jose State
    Seattle
    UNLV
    UVU
    UTPA - 2015
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  6. jcaulfield8

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    Just a head's up. Sun Belt Conference is going to add men's soccer. Voted 11 in favor and 3 abstained votes a few months ago. The conference is currently taking applications to add 3-4 affiliates to add to GA State, GA Southern and Appalachian State to get them to 6 or 7 to have an automatic bid. Should know in early January who is joining
  7. fknbuflobo

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    [/quote]
    Thanks for all that work.

    This elucidates the point that the minimum for auto bid needs to be raised. Where is it now? 6? 7?

    Raise it to 8 minimum.
  8. fknbuflobo

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    We have already learned elsewhere that New Mexico State is adding MSOC. Add them to the Sun Belt schools who already field WSOC and you have this list. (I suppose it is possible that abstaining votes will field a team anyway, increasing the list even further.) Like to see it!

    1. UALR
    2. Arkansas State
    3. Georgia State
    4. UL-Lafayette
    5. UL-Monroe
    6. South Alabama
    7. UT Arlington
    8. Texas State
    9. Troy
    10. Western Kentucky
    11. New Mexico State

    Please correct me once this list is published. In particular, I really would like to see UALR add MSOC.
  9. RobtheAggie

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    I had not heard this. I would be Belmont, Howard, Incarnate Word (if they do not go to the WAC) and NJIT have/will find a new home.
  10. RobtheAggie

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    NMSU is in the WAC. They have said that they are considering Mens soccer, but no announcement yet. They will be in the Sun Belt for football only. I would also not assume that because the conference added men's soccer as a sport, that all teams will now field a team. I would be very surprised to see this happen, I would love it, but it would surprise me.

    I would be that the Sun Belt is as follows:
    GA Southern
    GA State
    App State
    Howard
    Belmont
    NJIT
    Incarnate Word and maybe one more.
  11. RobtheAggie

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    Version 1.2
    America East
    Albany
    Binghamton
    Hartford
    Mass-Lowell
    New Hampshire
    Stony Brook
    UMBC
    Vermont

    American Athletic
    Central Florida
    Cincinnati
    Connecticut
    Memphis
    South Florida
    Southern Methodist
    Temple
    Tulsa

    Atlantic 10
    Davidson
    Dayton
    Duquesne
    Fordham
    George Mason
    George Washington
    La Salle
    Massachusetts
    Rhode Island
    Saint Joseph's
    Saint Louis
    St. Bonaventure
    Virginia Commonwealth

    Atlantic Coast Conference
    Boston College
    Clemson
    Duke
    Louisville
    NC State
    North Carolina
    Notre Dame
    Pittsburgh
    Syracuse
    Virginia
    Virginia Tech
    Wake Forest


    Atlantic Sun Conference
    Florida Gulf Coast
    Jacksonville
    Lipscomb
    Northern Kentucky
    North Florida
    Stetson
    South Carolina-Upstate

    Big East Conference
    Butler
    Creighton
    DePaul
    Georgetown
    Marquette
    Providence
    Seton Hall
    St. John's
    Villanova
    Xavier

    Big South Conference
    Campbell
    Coastal Carolina
    Gardner Webb
    High Point
    Liberty
    Longwood
    Presbyterian College
    Radford
    UNC Ashville
    Winthrop

    Big Ten
    Indiana
    Maryland
    Michigan
    Michigan State
    Northwestern
    Ohio State
    Penn State
    Rutgers
    Wisconsin

    Big West Conference
    Cal Poly - SLO
    CS Fullerton
    CS Northridge
    UC Davis
    UC Irvine
    UC Riverside
    UC Santa Barbara
    Sacramento State

    Colonial Athletic Association
    College of Charleston
    College of William and Mary
    Delaware
    Drexel
    Elon
    George Mason
    Hofstra
    James Madison
    Northeastern
    UNC Wilmington

    Conference USA
    Alabama-Birmingham
    UNC Charlotte
    Florida Atlantic
    Florida International
    Kentucky
    Marshall
    New Mexico
    Old Dominion
    South Carolina


    Horizon League
    Cleveland State
    Detroit
    Green Bay
    Loyola (IL)
    Milwaukee
    Oakland
    UIC
    Valparaiso
    Wright State

    Independent
    Belmont
    Howard
    Incarnate Word
    NJIT

    Ivy Group
    Brown
    Columbia
    Cornell
    Dartmouth
    Harvard
    Penn
    Princeton
    Yale

    Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
    Canisius
    Fairfield
    Iona
    Manhattan
    Marist
    Monmouth
    Niagara
    Quinnipiac
    Rider
    Siena
    St. Peter's

    Mid-American Conference
    Akron
    Bowling Green
    Buffalo
    Hartwick
    Northern Illinois
    West Virginia
    Western Michigan

    Missouri Valley Conference
    Bradley
    Central Arkansas
    Drake
    Evansville
    Loyola-Illinois
    Missouri State
    SIU Edwardsville

    Northeast Conference
    Bryant
    Central Connecticut
    Fairleigh Dickinson
    Long Island-Brooklyn
    Robert Morris
    Sacred Heart
    St. Francis (NY)
    St. Francis (PA)

    Pac 12
    California
    Oregon State
    San Diego State
    Stanford
    UC Los Angeles
    Washington

    Patriot League
    American
    Army
    Boston University
    Bucknell
    Colgate
    Holy Cross
    Lafayette
    Lehigh
    Loyola (MD)
    Navy

    Southern Conference
    East Tennessee St
    Furman
    Mercer
    UNC Greensboro
    VMI
    Wofford

    Summit League
    Denver
    Eastern Illinois
    IPFW
    IUPUI
    Nebraska-Omaha
    Oakland
    Oral Roberts
    Western Illinois

    Sun Belt
    Georgia State
    Georgia Southern
    Appalachian State

    West Coast Conference
    Gonzaga
    Loyola Marymount
    Pacific
    Portland
    San Diego
    San Francisco
    Santa Clara
    St. Mary's


    Western Athletic Conference
    Air Force
    Chicago St
    CS Bakersfield
    Grand Canyon
    Houston Baptist
    Missouri-KC
    San Jose State
    Seattle
    UNLV
    UVU
    UTPA - 2015
    NMSU
    - nothing announced but they are investigating possibility

    Updated with addition of the Sun Belt.
  12. Teletubby

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    JMU almost certainly moving FBS. SunBelt bound?
    http://www.timesdispatch.com/sports...cle_4a9ef16e-eb73-5ea8-84cc-815cc3be26d4.html
  13. RobtheAggie

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    We have established that New Mexico State is adding MSOC. Right?

    According to Sun Belt Conference official website, New Mexico State is joining in 2014. Right?

    New Mexico State is therefore obligated to play MSOC in the Sun Belt Conference. Right?
  15. Teletubby

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    This type of "outside agency" making recommendations will almost certainly lead to a jump. I am guessing it will be done fairly soon.

    Meanwhile, Temple today just cut 7 sports (not Men Soccer)
    http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=9351556

    and Robert Morris did likewise (again men soccer was spared)
    http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2013/12/03/rmu-cuts-7-varsity-sports-says-funding-spread-too-thin/

    All in all we should be counting or blessings that we are talking of expansions for our beloved sport!!
  16. RobtheAggie

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    As an NMSU alum, I am well aware of this. NMSU is only joining for American Football. They want to join for all sports, but have been turned down. In addition to this, the AD has mentioned that NMSU might add Men's Soccer in the future, there has been no timetable for this, or even if it will happen. I would love to see it happen. If they did get an all sports invite to the Sun Belt, yes they would play all sports in the Sun Belt, but as it stands, it is American Football only.
  17. RobtheAggie

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    Nice to see that both schools kept men's soccer. Interesting to see that both AD's used the term "Right-sizing". I think that we will see more of this.
  18. collegesoccer

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    UALR used to have soccer and dropped it in the late 80's. Stetson Head Coach Logan Fleck was the coach there at one time. As did South Alabama and Western Kentucky.
  19. jdgaucho

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    If that was the case, wouldn't the SBC make an official announcement?
  20. RobtheAggie

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    UTPA + UT Brownsville = UT Rio Grande Valley it was announced today.
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  21. Sandon Mibut

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    And they'll be D-I?
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    yes
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    I liked the UTPA name and think they should have kept it. The school is so close to the Mexican border and as a gateway between the two countries, "Pan American" represents this well.

    But they were determined to get a name change. One of the early options was UTLA (Las Americas). That would have been my preferred choice.
  24. RobtheAggie

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    As part of the agreement to join the WAC, then UTPA agreed to start a men's soccer program. With the union with UT-B (which had a D-III program). I would assume that they will continue to work towards launching their program in 2015.
    http://www.utpabroncs.com/index.aspx?path=msoc
  25. Sandon Mibut

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    The Rio Grande Valley has huge potential as a soccer area and a program that can get good players from there can do very well.

    It reminds me of the effort to get the Rio Grand Valley residents registered to vote and to the polls - it can be a game-changer politically.

    Of course, theorizing about it and actually getting it done, be it in soccer or voting, are two different things.
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