Of the usual suspects I agree this looks like NKU. They would make the most sense as well if the league is serious about trying to add Belmont and Murray State. One immediate positive is that it likely removes one d2 game from the home slate as all teams will add another conference game. Also, for myself I want to attend a Phoenix game at every road venue so this adds another destination to my list.
It is good to know for sure that NKU is coming in. Plus one of my friends is moving to Cincy so this gives me a reason to make the WSU and NKU double this year. As 97 indicated it will eliminate the need for 2 non D1 games on the schedule.
As for UAB I go back and forth on this. If I knew Belmont and UAB would join together and both would be committed to the league for a longer period of time then I would welcome them with open arms. UAB has good resources and tradition. UAB certainly wouldn't hurt the profile of the league. If this was a short stop until football comes back or until the MVC or A10 wants them I am less interested. I am curious what the vast majority of UAB fans think about their future.
Are teams that join HL immediately post season eligible?
Sure, if they are already Division I. NKU, though, is finishing up their transitional period in '15-'16 and will not be NCAA eligible. They will, however, be eligible for the HL Tourney.
If there not NCAA eligible, then I'd highly doubt they'd be in the HL tournament. They better not be.
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HL Tourney eligible, but not NCAA eligible could lead to a real mess.
Teams coming into the Sunshine State Conference (SSC/D2) generally sit out a provisional period before being post-season eligible. (Some of the recent intake have been NAIA -> NCAA D2 converts.) This last year it was Palm Beach Atlantic, who was fully on the schedule h/a for each conference team, but those results did not count in the conference standings and they were not post-season eligible. The provisional member conditions last three years and they will not fully compete until 2017-18. PBA was already in NCAA D2! www.sunshinestateconference.com/article.asp?articleID=2527
Embry-Riddle is also on their way into the conference and converting from NAIA D2 to NCAA D2 at the same time. They aren't even on the schedule yet. www.sunshinestateconference.com/article.asp?articleID=2313 ERAU played an NAIA D2 schedule this year and made it to the semifinals before losing to Cornerstone, who went on to win the championship.
Post by phoenixphan87 on May 10, 2015 19:36:42 GMT -6
No official word yet on if they will be eligible to play in the conference tournament. They would have to get a waiver through the NCAA similar to what the SWAC did in 2014 to have ineligible teams to compete. Basically if NKU made it to the finals(longshot) the other opponent would get the automatic bid. That move by the Horizon League would be another cash grab and a big joke. I am sure Milwaukee would have loved to play more games last year too.