Source: Quinnipiac, Monmouth could join MAAC
Updated 12:40 pm, Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference is discussing expansion and reportedly Quinnipiac University and Monmouth could be joining the conference, according to a source. Wagner, another Northeast Conference school, has also been linked to the MAAC, which lost Loyola (Md.) to the Patriot League earlier this fall.
Fairfield athletic director Gene Doris said Monday afternoon that conference presidents formed a committee and have looked at multiple schools, but was not aware that a decision had been reached on expansion.
"Nothing I can speak 2," Doris wrote in a text message. "It's being handled at the conference office and presidential level."
Doris added that MAAC presidents are scheduled to meet next Friday and the topic of expansion "may be on their agenda."
Jack McDonald, Quinnipiac's athletic director, wouldn't comment on the issue.
With Loyola departing after this academic year, the MAAC will be left with nine schools. Doris said earlier in the fall that the conference would not expand just for the sake of balancing out the league and that potential schools had to be the right fit.
Quinnipiac would certainly fit that MAAC mold and would be an attractive addition with its recent financial commitments to its athletic programs along with recent campus expansion and strong academic record. The Bobcats have previously been linked to the America East and one source referred to the program as a "home run" for the MAAC if they were added.
-- WILLIAM S. PAXTON