Expansion Not On The Table For The MAAC

MAAC commissioner Rich Ensor makes sure that in every meeting with the school presidents and athletic directors that expansion is on the table.

However, that appears to be as far as it goes since the league’s December 2012 expansion that added Monmouth and Quinnipiac to the fold.

“It’s not tabled, it’s not active either beyond the fact that we know we’re not opposed to going to 12,” Ensor said. “It’s just, we’re not actively seeking anybody right now.”

Ensor said that the league does not have any pressure on it to expand at this time, and if they do bring in a new member it would not just be to get to an even number, but to bring in a new market.

“We’re not opposed to 12, but we typically get side tracked when we say who is the 12th,” Ensor said.

The additions of Monmouth and Quinnipac were the first expansion by the league since Marist and Rider joined in 1997. The addition of the two schools brought the conference to 11 schools after Loyola (MD) became the first school to leave the league since La Salle in 1992.

“There’s nothing on the table at this point,” Ensor said. “It’s on the agenda every time we meet as presidents and AD’s, I just keep it as a standing agenda item, so its not like its closed to discussion. Its just no obvious solutions.”

He did say the “quick answer” when discussing a school such as NJIT, the nation’s lone independent Division I program, would be a no considering the MAAC’s background as a private school-based league.

“It’s got to be a two-way street and it has to work for both parties,” Ensor said.

Ryan Restivo wrote the America East conference preview for the 2014-15 Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. He covers the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, the America East conference and Hofstra for Big Apple Buckets. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanarestivo or contact Ryan at rrestivo[at]nycbuckets.com.

6 thoughts on “Expansion Not On The Table For The MAAC

  1. My understanding is that AE already turned them down, unfortunate but not surprised. Regarding Ensor’s statement of trying to keep the conference small private schools, that will only work so long. When conferences start to realign firm belief that pressure will be put on both MAAC and AE members to leave, realign other conferences. Economically and geographically pressure will be placed on both schools and conferences to adjust. These conferences are close enough in rankings that it wouldn’t be a upshot for doing so.

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  2. It is fun to speculate who might be on the MAAC “short list”. Here are some options, considering they are factoring in new markets. Taking football out of the equation – which is a big factor also.

    American (Washington, DC market)
    Mount St. Mary’s (Baltimore market – filling the Loyola void)
    Holy Cross (Boston market)
    Bryant (Providence market)
    Robert Morris (Pittsburgh market)

    Any thoughts?

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    1. Mount St. Mary’s was invited, however, the exit fee from the NEC and traveling to Niagara and Cananius, may have been the reason for turning them down.
      I am not sure Holy Cross would be invited back after exiting the conference many years ago.

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  3. not sure the MAAC would take a school from a lower conference. With the discounting of football anyone from the CAA or Patriot would be fine. Pretty much lateral move. I believe major realignment of mid major conferences will probably be delegated by the NCAA. The movement has hurt the game tremendously in fan base as well as expense.

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