Bryant To Go Division I

Bryant To Go Division I

Bryant To Go Division I

Bryant To Go Division I

SMITHFIELD, R.I. - Bryant University announced that it has received and accepted an invitation to join the Northeast Conference (NEC), an 11-member Division I conference that sponsors championships in 21 sports for men and women. The announcement was made today by Northeast Conference Commissioner Brenda Weare following a vote from the NEC Council of Presidents.

"Bryant is an outstanding university that has demonstrated excellence both academically and competitively," said NEC commissioner Brenda Weare. "They are an excellent fit for the NEC, and we look forward to them joining us in the fall of 2012."

"I think this is great for the Northeast Conference," said Vice Admiral Paul Gaffney, President of Monmouth University and Chair of the NEC Membership Committee. "We were extremely impressed with the commitment of their President, trustees, and athletic department staff."

Having already filed with the NCAA, Bryant is currently in its first year of a five-year transition period for full Division I membership.

The NCAA Division I Board of Directors earlier this summer had issued a moratorium for four years on schools applying to transition to Division I. Bryant had filed its paperwork before June 1 with the NCAA.

With the invitation into the Northeast Conference, Bryant will become the fourth Division I institution in the state of Rhode Island, joining Brown University, Providence College and the University of Rhode Island.

Bryant will continue its transition to Division I with full membership effective September 2012. Bryant is expected to begin playing a Division I schedule in 2008-09.

"The movement to Division I athletic competition is consistent with our strategic plan to continually enhance Bryant University's reputation as a superb educational institution," said Bryant University President Ronald K. Machtley.

"Membership in the prestigious Northeast Conference will raise our academic and athletic profiles, providing our student-athletes the opportunity to compete at the highest level," added Director of Athletics Bill Smith.


1. 2007-08 Exploratory Year - Remain Eligible for DII Championships

2. 2008-09 First Year of Reclassification

3. 2009-10 Second Year of Reclassification

4. 2010-11 Third Year of Reclassification

5. 2011-12 Fourth Year of Reclassification

6. 2012-13 Eligible for NCAA Division I Championships

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    by (#136419) on 10/19/07 @8:04PM
That is awesome, even though it is at a much lower level than when he was at Duke. I hope he does great. Here is a question! Do you think that he very well could end up being at a top program in DI again? I would love to see him at Maryland. Dave Cottle just can't get it down when his teams are favored to win, especially in big games. In addition, Pressler is a good recruiter, and I think he could recruit some good talent to Maryland if he were there. Although Maryland has tradition, it is far from one of the easiest sells for top talent.
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    by (#111150) on 10/19/07 @11:50PM
What is this about Pressler at Maryland, Maryland being far from a good sell, and not having a strong program that brings in top recruits and makes the NCAA tourney every year, including final four in 06. Do some research, and check back.
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    by (#114179) on 10/23/07 @2:47AM
I think you mean GOT SMOKED in the 06 final four. That wasn't even a game. Maryland does have a solid program but I think Naps point is that they don't win when it counts. All the top recruits every year and they are choke artists every year. The blame lies on the coach.
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    by (#136419) on 10/23/07 @3:24PM
They underachieve, and often choke, every year.

2003-They make the Final Four, but they get slaughtered by UVA when the game should have been much closer

2004-They are favored against Princeton in the Quarterfinals, but they lose a 2 goal lead in the last minute or so against Princeton when they take it to the cage instead of slowing it down. Princeton wins in O.T.

2005-They make the Final Four, but they get slaughtered by Duke in a game that should have been much closer.

2006-They make the Final Four, but they lose to UMASS who they were hands-down better than. Maryland's performance was almost embarrassing.

2007-In the 1st Round, they lose to a UMBC team that they were hands-down better than

Now, don't get me wrong. Cottle's record all together is fine. However, it is about time that his team makes the title game or makes the Final Four and has a great showing even if they lose.
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    by (#136419) on 10/23/07 @3:36PM
At least, it is not as easy as schools like UVA, Duke, Georgetown, UNC, and Princeton. Maryland has great tradition and gets good players. However, if you look at the recruits list every year, usually these other schools have more blue-chippers. Here, IMHO, are some of the reasons:

1. Maryland is so close to home for so many of the studs, and they want to get away from home.

2. The other schools I mentioned have BEAUTIFUL CAMPUSES. Maryland's is decent, but it is too big and sprawling to be considered absolutely beautiful.

3. College Park is not nearly as great of a college town as towns like Chapel Hill, Princeton, and the area of Georgetown.
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    by (#136419) on 10/23/07 @3:37PM
Due to Maryland not being as easy a sell, they would probably need a coach who is better at both coaching and recruiting. I still think that it was a huge mistake to hire Cottle instead of Gary Gait.
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"Selling" vs winning
    by (#142666) on 10/23/07 @7:03PM
"1. Maryland is so close to home for so many of the studs, and they want to get away from home."

A: Somehow JHU doesn't suffer from this "problem".

"2. The other schools I mentioned have BEAUTIFUL CAMPUSES. Maryland's is decent, but it is too big and sprawling to be considered absolutely beautiful."

A: What does that have to do with winning an NCAA championship? C'mon these aren't art students. Is Salisbury more pleasing to the eye than Middlebury?

"3. College Park is not nearly as great of a college town as towns like Chapel Hill, Princeton, and the area of Georgetown."

A: Um...ever been to Syracuse? Somehow Simmons Jr. and Desko managed to pile up a few titles in that dreary place.

Hey Naptown, I really love your posts. But this fixation on "easy sells" takes us nowhere. Forget postcard perfect quadrangles, ivied walls, and neo-classical library buildings. It's all meaningless.

Winners are forged by the head coach, not campus accouterments. If Cottle can't win in May he does so for reasons unrelated to campus design in College Park. The truth is, Dave unnerves his players in pivotal game moments. And at times, some guys simply tune him out.
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    by (#29967) on 10/30/07 @5:23PM
you cant even compare maryland to JHU. Hopkins is one of the most decorated, selective, reputable schools in the country. UMD is just another big state school, comparable to at least ten others on he east coast alone. Even look at Loyola. they arent as rigorous as Hopkins education and admissions wise, but its still a damn good school with an amazing campus. I do agree with you about these local schools having a harder time selling to the "local crowds," but if you can play at maryland you can probably play at the same level or higher at a better academic institution. Keep in mind also that the "local schools" are all high end college prep and boarding schools that prepare their students for the most selective schools in the nation. im sure for many of them they have better options elsewhere. remember that you go to college to get an education, not just play lacrosse. even for the best players out there, makin $600 in an MLL game wont get you through life
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    by (#136419) on 10/23/07 @3:39PM
I forgot to add that. That was Cottle's first season.
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    by (#134174) on 11/03/07 @5:27PM
Maryland had a better recruiting class this year than all of those supposed better sell except for UVA. It was ranked # 2 in the country. Yes Maryland often doesn't play well in the playoffs but they had a span of 3 final fours in 4 years so they've proved they can make it far. and as far as last year, maryland was hit hard with graduation and wasn't even expected to do well and probably exceeded some expectations. and campuses have nothing to do with win/loss, and playoff performance
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    by (#134174) on 11/03/07 @5:30PM
UMD lost to UVA in the 03 final four...UVA was the eventual national champs
UMD lost to Duke in the 05 final four...that year duke took everyone except for Hopkins to the of the best offenses ever
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