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CCC finds its seventh team

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The Commonwealth Coast Conference has found its seventh team. Becker will join the college as an associate member for football when the conference replaces the New England Football Conference in 2017.

The conference will have six teams who sponsor varsity football in 2017, the first year of the two-year grace period for the CCC to retain the NEFC automatic bid. In 2018, the University of New England will play a varsity schedule for the first time, giving the CCC its seven teams necessary to retain an automatic bid under current Division III rules.

Becker also recently joined the CCC as an associate member in men’s ice hockey.

The move is the latest in a string of conference affiliation shifts in New England, starting with seven teams leaving established conferences to join the NEWMAC for football, an eighth joining the conference, the CCC taking over football from the NEFC, and the Liberty League hearing Ithaca's application to become the conference's sixth team for 2017

“This is an exciting time for the Commonwealth Coast Conference and our member institutions, as the CCC brand is expanding with the addition of men’s ice hockey in 2016 and the operation of a football conference in 2017,” CCC commissioner Gregg M. Kaye said. “Becker College subscribes to the CCC’s core belief that intercollegiate athletics plays a vitally important role in the undergraduate experience. In addition to our recent addition of Becker as an associate member in men’s ice hockey, I am delighted equally to welcome Becker to the CCC as an associate member in football.”

Becker’s departure from the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference, along with the departure of Norwich to the NEWMAC, will leave the ECFC short of the necessary number of teams and without an automatic bid starting in 2019.

“Becker College is truly thrilled to be joining the Commonwealth Coast Conference in football,” stated Frank Millerick, assistant vice president and athletic director at Becker College. “The CCC continues to make moves that strengthen its brand and identity and Becker is excited to be a part of this prominent conference. We look forward to competing in the CCC starting with the 2017 season.”

The five current CCC football-playing institutions have combined to make 10 NCAA Division III football postseason appearances. Curry tops all CCC football programs with six NCAA tournament appearances (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008). Endicott has advanced to NCAA championship play twice (2010, 2013), while recently-crowned NEFC champion Western New England is currently preparing for its second NCAA postseason berth in five seasons (2011).

In 2015, Becker compiled a 7-3 overall record which was the program’s first winning season in 11 years of NCAA Division III competition.

“Competing in the Commonwealth Coast Conference is a challenge our program is excited about,” said Becker coach Mike Lichten. “Every week we will be tested by the best private schools in New England as every program plays the game with integrity and passion.  We aim to make the conference proud to have us as a member both on and off the field.”

Here's how the various conferences affected by the New England conference shuffle would shake out in 2017.

ECFC Liberty League CCC (former NEFC) NEWMAC ODAC
Anna Maria Hobart Becker Catholic Bridgewater
Castleton
Rochester Curry
Coast Guard
Emory & Henry
Gallaudet
RPI Endicott
MIT
Guilford
Husson
Union Nichols
Springfield
Hampden-Sydney
Mount Ida
St. Lawrence Salve Regina
WPI
Randolph-Macon
SUNY-Maritime

W. New England
Maine Maritime
Shenandoah

  UNE in 2018 Merchant Marine
Washington & Lee
      Norwich  
Would lose AQ in 2019.
Would lose AQ in 2019. No change in AQ status. Would gain AQ in 2019. No change in AQ status.
         
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Emory and Henry 52, at Rochester 17
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Southern Virginia 14, at Kean 9
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Denison 52, at Oberlin 27
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Martin Luther 63, at Greenville 28
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Anderson 18, at Defiance 14
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Hanover 28, at Bluffton 10
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Westfield State 42, at Worcester State 22
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Ithaca 21, at St. John Fisher 14
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Muskingum 31, at Wilmington 24
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Ohio Northern 13, at Otterbein 7
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North Central (Ill.) 35, at North Park 0
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Rhodes 29, at Birmingham-Southern 10
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Millsaps 21, at Sewanee 14
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Thomas More 38, at Huntingdon 35
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Wartburg 42, at Nebraska Wesleyan 14
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Coe 35, at Buena Vista 14
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Central 35, at Dubuque 13
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Loras 35, at Luther 28
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Carroll 16, at Elmhurst 14
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Cornell 28, at Beloit 17
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at Lake Forest 35, Lawrence 34
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at St. Thomas 49, UW-Eau Claire 0
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Mount St. Joseph 59, at Earlham 2
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Dean 42, at Becker 15
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Western Connecticut 40, at Salve Regina 21
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at Mass-Dartmouth 21, Plymouth State 16
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at Tufts 16, Wesleyan 13
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at Salisbury 38, TCNJ 7
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at Rose-Hulman 19, Manchester 12
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at Case Western Reserve 63, Thiel 20
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Baldwin Wallace 34, at Heidelberg 10
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Berry 38, at Centre 35
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Northwestern (Minn.) 38, at Crown 18
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Illinois Wesleyan 41, at Augustana 24
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Louisiana College 21, at Southwestern 19
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Mary Hardin-Baylor 47, at Texas Lutheran 14
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East Texas Baptist 46, at Belhaven 20
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at Delaware Valley 41, Alvernia 10
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at RPI 44, Buffalo State 14
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at Wesley 43, William Paterson 7
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at Washington and Jefferson 62, Grove City 10
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at Frostburg State 34, Rowan 7
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at Franklin and Marshall 14, Susquehanna 7
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at Mount Union 23, John Carroll 10
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Ithaca 21, at St. John Fisher 14
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North Central (Ill.) 35, at North Park 0
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at St. Thomas 49, UW-Eau Claire 0
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at Wittenberg 45, Kenyon 3
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Berry 38, at Centre 35
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at Case Western Reserve 63, Thiel 20
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Mary Hardin-Baylor 47, at Texas Lutheran 14
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at Hardin-Simmons 65, Howard Payne 14
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 63, Millikin 6
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Illinois Wesleyan 41, at Augustana 24
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