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ECFC gains two members

Alfred State has struggled in football since becoming a four-year school, and the athletic department had to repeat the first year of NCAA Division III provisional status. ASC is not currently eligible to count as a D-III member for purposes of securing an automatic bid, even under new legislation approved at the NCAA convention.
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The Eastern Collegiate Football Conference is pleased to announce the addition of Alfred State and Dean College as members beginning with the 2017 season.

Alfred State is a provisional member of Division III, transitioning from junor college ranks and following the path set forth by the NCAA for full membership status. Dean has yet to start its Division III provisional membership.

"We are thrilled to welcome Alfred State and Dean to the ECFC after unanimous approval from the conference presidents and athletic directors," chair of the ECFC Athletic Directors Council Matt Burke said. "The addition of these two programs helps the ECFC continue to be a competitive football conference with institutions committed to providing a high quality student-athlete experience."

The additions coincide with the departures of Becker, which will join the Commonwealth Coast Conference, and Norwich, which joins the New England Men's and Women's Athletic Conference for the 2017 season.

Alfred State has competed with ECFC members Castleton and Husson in previous seasons, and is slated to square off with Dean and Husson in 2016. "I want to thank the membership of the ECFC for their due diligence in this process," said Kelly Higgins, athletic director at Alfred State. "The ECFC is a great fit for us competitively; it gives our student-athletes an immediate opportunity to be recognized for their athletic, academic, and personal achievements on the conference level, and gives our team the opportunity to participate in NCAA championships."

Dean is slated to take on Alfred State as well as Husson in 2016, its expected first season of NCAA Division III competition. "Being accepted into a conference is a big step for the program and the college," said Dean athletic director Todd Vasey. "It stabilizes our schedule each year and creates some immediate rivalries in the region."

The ECFC will maintain its automatic qualifier to the NCAA playoffs, granted to the conference champion each season, presuming Alfred State or Dean are moved into the third year of NCAA provisional status by 2019. Alfred State was held back once already. New legislation approved at the NCAA convention earlier this month allows conferences to count provisional members toward the seven needed for an automatic bid.

Here's how the affected conferences in the East and South Region are tracking in terms of membership in 2017.

ECFC Liberty League CCC (former NEFC) NEWMAC ODAC
Alfred State Hobart Becker Catholic Bridgewater
Anna Maria
Ithaca Curry
Coast Guard
Emory & Henry
Castleton
Rochester Endicott
MIT
Guilford
Dean *
RPI Nichols
Springfield
Hampden-Sydney
Gallaudet
Union Salve Regina
WPI
Randolph-Macon
Husson
St. Lawrence W. New England
Maine Maritime
Shenandoah
Mount Ida   UNE in 2018 Merchant Marine
Washington & Lee
SUNY-Maritime     Norwich  
No change
in AQ status. *
Would lose AQ in 2019. No change in AQ status. Would gain AQ in 2019. No change in AQ status.
* not yet provisional D3 member       
Nov. 17: All times Eastern
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at Frostburg State 42, Western New England 24
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at RPI 38, Husson 14
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at Franklin and Marshall 21, Lycoming 20
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at Johns Hopkins 49, MIT 0
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Randolph-Macon 23, at John Carroll 20
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at Mount Union 60, Denison 0
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St. Norbert 31, at Trine 7
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at Berry 31, Maryville (Tenn.) 0
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Merchant Marine 38, at Endicott 22
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Wesley 42, at Westminster (Pa.) 34
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at Brockport 40, Framingham State 27
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Alfred 14, at Salisbury 7
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at Bridgewater State 34, Salve Regina 19
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at Centre 54, Washington and Jefferson 13
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Muhlenberg 20, at Delaware Valley 13
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Ursinus 70, at Misericordia 14
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at Susquehanna 17, Stevenson 7
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at Bridgewater 21, N.C. Wesleyan 14
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at Brevard 46, Allen 10
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at Carnegie Mellon 35, Geneva 14
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at North Central (Ill.) 52, Hanover 0
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at Springfield 17, SUNY-Maritime 14
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at Grove City 56, Morrisville State 48
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Utica 44, at Ithaca 42
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 27, Hardin-Simmons 6
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at UW-Whitewater 67, Eureka 14
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at Bethel 41, Wartburg 14
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at St. John's 84, Martin Luther 6
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at Averett 20, Ferrum 13
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at Whitworth 48, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 6
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at Frostburg State 42, Western New England 24
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at Johns Hopkins 49, MIT 0
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Randolph-Macon 23, at John Carroll 20
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at Mount Union 60, Denison 0
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St. Norbert 31, at Trine 7
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at Berry 31, Maryville (Tenn.) 0
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at Brockport 40, Framingham State 27
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at Centre 54, Washington and Jefferson 13
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Muhlenberg 20, at Delaware Valley 13
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at North Central (Ill.) 52, Hanover 0
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 27, Hardin-Simmons 6
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at UW-Whitewater 67, Eureka 14
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at Bethel 41, Wartburg 14
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at St. John's 84, Martin Luther 6
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at Whitworth 48, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 6
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