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    NEC pushing for postseason bowl game

    Monmouth unhappy with lack of opportunity to play in bowl game
    Published in the Asbury Park Press 09/29/05

    BY TONY GRAHAM
    STAFF WRITER

    In search of a football postseason.

    That remains the unfulfilled quest of the Northeast Conference, of which Monmouth University is a member, in its bid to land a postseason bowl game for at least one of its eight football-playing schools.

    According to NEC Commissioner John Iamarino, nothing will happen until 2007 at the earliest. And that's not exactly etched in stone either.

    The MAAC's withdrawal from the ECAC Bowl after the 2003 season, when NEC co-champion Monmouth bowed to MAAC winner Duquesne, left the NEC champion high and dry regarding a postseason bowl or playoff opportunity.

    Iamarino said an NEC application to the NCAA and subsequent appeals for an automatic berth in the Division I-AA football playoffs have been rejected.

    Now, according to Iamarino, the latest idea is for playoffs among the three limited or non-scholarship leagues: the NEC, the MAAC and the Pioneer League, which currently conducts its own internal playoffs. A similar plan for the NEC never got off the ground.

    "We would hope something could be in place for 2007," Iamarino said. "On a very peripheral basis there would be a two-week, four-team playoff perhaps with each of the (three) conferences getting an automatic (bid) and then a committee selecting a wild card.

    "Then you play at home sites, you seed the teams and have 1 play 4 and 2 play 3 and go from there.

    "But the key is going to be NCAA funding. For a school in our league, let's say to have to make two trips to play teams from the Pioneer League which would be very cost prohibitive."

    The nine schools in the Pioneer League range geographically from Dayton, Ohio, to Jacksonville, Fla., to San Diego.

    "There has been discussions among people in the NCAA and among (league) commissioners of trying to put this together. But there are a lot of different hoops we have to jump through."

    Iamarino noted: "And there are some people out there who say, "Why are we creating another championship for football when we already have one in I-AA?'

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    Exactly, why would you make another championship game in 1-AA?

    The money spent could be used to promote the 1-AA Championship game on a Saturday instead of Friday night.
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    Iamarino said an NEC application to the NCAA and subsequent appeals for an automatic berth in the Division I-AA football playoffs have been rejected.
    As they should be IMO. Wouldn't be fair to the teams that put money into football and play a schedule worthy of a bid.

    Now, according to Iamarino, the latest idea is for playoffs among the three limited or non-scholarship leagues: the NEC, the MAAC and the Pioneer League, which currently conducts its own internal playoffs. A similar plan for the NEC never got off the ground.
    Now THAT's a great idea!

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    Does anyone know why there isn't overwhelming support for this plan?

    There's exactly one team on the West coast that could potentially participate- San Diego. By and large, the majority of teams participating in this sort of playoff would be teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast participating. Would it really be that cost-prohibitive to have Drake, Valpo or J'ville participate? Come on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 89Hen
    As they should be IMO. Wouldn't be fair to the teams that put money into football and play a schedule worthy of a bid.


    Now THAT's a great idea!
    yes, but ...

    Iamarino noted: "And there are some people out there who say, "Why are we creating another championship for football when we already have one in I-AA?'

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    Maybe if they could play competitively for 60 minutes against a playoff team this would be a worthy discussion. How many did MU lose to Lehigh by? Heck they beat a mediocre D-2 team California(PA) by one whole point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by henfan
    Does anyone know why there isn't overwhelming support for this plan?

    There's exactly one team on the West coast that could potentially participate- San Diego. By and large, the majority of teams participating in this sort of playoff would be teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast participating. Would it really be that cost-prohibitive to have Drake, Valpo or J'ville participate? Come on.
    I'd say views like that expressed by 89hen are being given some attention. However, those views do not give adequate weight to the fact that this whole problem exists, due not to the actions of these schools, but due to the actions of the NCAA in mandating Div I schools play all their sports at the divisional level. IMHO, the NCAA has to step up and fix the problem, by providing these schools the "real"opportunity for post season play the NCAA took away. As many have pointed out, the chance for the NS I-AA teams to make it into the I-AA playoffs is nil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aceinthehole
    Iamarino noted: "And there are some people out there who say, "Why are we creating another championship for football when we already have one in I-AA?'
    I'm certainly not one of 'some people'. The NEC, MAAC and Pioneer have never been a part of the I-AA playoffs because of their SOS. So I would say, they'd be creating a championship for those not included in the I-AA championship. Seems reasonable to me. I'm not blaming the mid-majors for their prediciment, I leave all the blame to the NCAA for forcing them to participate in DI football to keep their other sports in DI. I've been opposed to that rule forever. Let the non-schollies play in a non-schollie division already!

    Edit: Bub beat me to it. It's the NCAA's fault IMO.

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    I agree that its the NCAA fault, so they should help fix it.

    Second, Delaware fans and those from other A-10 schools, please do not compare the the top mid-majors like Monmouth, San Diego, or CCSU to the A-10. Its just not fair. Without kissing up to you all, we all know that the worst A-10 team, (sorry Towson) is still a big notch ahead of our best. The A-10 conference is too deep and powerfull, period. It is clearly comparable to the I-A Sun Belt in many ways.

    However, I again ask you to compare us to the weakest auto-bids conferences (MEAC or OVC), or other lower-tier scholarships conference (Big South or SWAC).

    The question isn't can we compete with best of the crop, but how do we compare with other eligible teams and conferences. I'd like to see more matchups between these team to see how we compare. I mean is there that much of a competive difference between:

    Monmouth and Delaware State
    San Diego and Princeston
    Central Conn and Alabama A & M
    Marist and Samford

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eaglegus2
    Exactly, why would you make another championship game in 1-AA?

    The money spent could be used to promote the 1-AA Championship game on a Saturday instead of Friday night.
    Just so Ralph doesn't bitch at you, it's I-AA.
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