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New NCAA D3 conference . UMaine-PI to join

PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:47 am
by Tom Nolette
New NCAA D3 conference . UMaine-PI to join

PRESQUE ISLE, Me (WAGM) - The University of Maine Presque Isle and six other schools have formed a new NCAA Division 3 Conference.

The American Collegiate Athletic Conference has been approved by the NCAA and will begin official operation on September 1st, 2017. ... 59323.html

Re: New NCAA D3 conference . UMaine-PI to join

PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:56 am
by Tom Nolette
‘A huge step forward:’ UMPI seeks NCAA postseason opportunities in new conference

... We’ve got our party hats on and are celebrating that, and then in the next year we’ll feel our way through some of the conference tournaments and some of the head-to-head scheduling.”

While the primary goal of this conference is to become eligible for automatic NCAA tournament bids — a conference must have at least seven members in a sport to quality — an additional goal for a more remote school like UMPI is to provide additional opportunities for home contests.

“It’s really difficult to get teams to come here to play,” said Holmes. “That was one of our primary motivators, that we’d have a relationship with these schools and get a couple of home games out of the deal and have some other games built in on the road as well as develop some natural rivalries.” ... onference/