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Breaking: Merrimack to join the NEC, will go Division I in all sports

Merrimack has accepted an invitation to join NEC …

Merrimack College has accepted an invitation from the Northeast Conference to become the league’s 11th member. The college and the conference announced the move on Monday morning.

Merrimack will become a full member of the conference in 2023-24 upon completion of its four-year NCAA Division I reclassification period.

Merrimack will be incorporated as fully as possible into NEC athletic schedules beginning with the 2019-20 season. During its reclassification Merrimack will be able to participate in NEC championships in NCAA non-automatic qualifier sports (cross country, swimming and diving, and indoor and outdoor track and field) only.

“Our student-athletes have enjoyed tremendous success academically and athletically,” said Merrimack AD Jeremy Gibson. “We are thrilled that they will have the opportunity to pursue excellence through membership in the Northeast Conference, and that our entire community will experience the excitement of Division I athletics across all of our program,” he said.

The NEC is expanding for the first time since 2012 when Bryant was added to the membership. Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Brooklyn, Robert Morris, St. Francis Brooklyn, Saint Francis U and Wagner are charter NEC members. Mount St. Mary’s was admitted in 1989, Central Connecticut in 1997, Sacred Heart in 1999 and Bryant in 2012.

Mike McMahon is in his 12th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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