North Atlantic officials arrive for Towson get-together

March 19, 1991|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Evening Sun Staff

The North Atlantic Conference is paying a visit to Towson State today and tomorrow, the next step in the Tigers' moving to that league from the East Coast Conference.

Towson State applied for admission to the North Atlantic in early February. It will meet with athletic directors and a senior women's administrator from five of the six schools in the NAC, along with commissioner Stuart P. Haskell. He said NAC members will meet the first week in April to vote on accepting Towson State.

Haskell is in Towson along with athletic directors from Boston University, Hartford, New Hampshire, Northeastern and Vermont. Maine is the other current member, although Delaware and Drexel will be joining the NAC this summer. Towson State hopes to do the same, but Haskell said the logistics of a move for the 1991-92 year need much work.

"It was late when we started," Haskell said. "If the process had started last fall, we could be settled by now. It's the worst time of year to be undertaking a project like this, but we hope to have it all wrapped up within two weeks.

"While we're in Towson, there will be a lot of questions and answers from both parties. We'll meet with the top administrators there. Our athletic directors will then report to their presidents, then all of us will get together the first week in April, probably in Boston, to take a vote. A unanimous vote is required."

Hofstra also has applied for admission to the NAC. Like Towson State, it is a member of the ECC, which last year lost Lafayette, Lehigh and Bucknell to the Patriot League. With Delaware and Drexel also leaving, the five-member ECC has lost its automatic bid to the NCAA basketball tournament for one year, but it is awaiting word on an appeal to be included in the 1992 play-in.

Towson State is a two-time ECC champion in men's basketball. If it isn't in position to earn a conference's automatic bid next year, some players could conceivably sit the year out as redshirts. One not in position to do so would be junior forward Chuck Lightening, who next year will be in his fifth year of college, and the last for NCAA eligibility.

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