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February 5, 1991
The East Coast Conference, which already was facing a 1991-92 season without an automatic bid to the National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament, has been "brought back to life" by an NCAA move last week, commissioner John Carpenter said yesterday.This resuscitation occurred when a special NCAA committee recommended a one-year break in automatic bids for conferences not having the required six members andwho then reach the minimum the next season. Previously, a five-year break had been recommended.
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By Pete Barrett and The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2014
EMMITTSBURG - Julian Norfleet sat in the second row of Knott Auditorium, behind many of his Mount St. Mary's teammates and coach Jamion Christian ready to find out where and who the Mountaineers would play in the NCAA tournament. The senior guard sat back in his seat, with his head tilted to the right side, as cool as the blue Gatorade he was sipping. Just minutes before CBS anchor Greg Gumbel announced the news, Norfleet drew his focus to the huge projection screen at the front of the auditorium.
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March 7, 1994
The state teams that remain in the running for a berth in the NCAA Division I basketball tournaments:Men* Coppin State: Probably needs to win Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament, which begins this week, to get in. Eagles are the top seed.Loyola: Gets automatic bid if it beats Manhattan in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament final tonight.Maryland: Expected to receive an at-large bid even if it loses to Virginia in first round of ACC tournament on Friday.* Morgan State, UMES: Need to win MEAC tournament.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 26, 2013
As the 2013 NCAA men's basketball tournament continues, a couple prominent voices have proposed changing how the field of 68 is composed. Former Maryland coach Gary Williams and ESPN analyst Jay Bilas have suggested eliminating automatic qualifiers and simply selecting the top 68 teams for the tournament. That got me thinking: could the same case be made for college lacrosse? Currently, half of the 16-team field in the tournament will be filled with programs that win their respective conference tournaments and the accompanying automatic bids.
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By Jeff Fletcher | November 27, 1991
Loyola athletic director Joe Boylan said yesterday the school will not join the Midwestern Collegiate Conference.Boylan said the benefits of joining the MCC -- a higher caliber of play for the Greyhounds soccer team -- did not outweigh the costs of added travel.He did not rule out joining the conference sometime in the future, but said Loyola would not be a member of the MCC for the 1992-93 season "unless something extraordinary happens, and I don't see that happening."Boylan, who attended a meeting of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference athletic directors on Monday, said the conference was planning to increase scholarship requirements for soccer.
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By Paul McMullen | February 7, 1991
Towson State athletic director Bill Hunter said the university hesitates to leave the East Coast Conference because the league would then lose its automatic bid to the NCAA basketball tournament for five years instead of the expected one year.Without expansion, the ECC will be down to five members next year. UMBC and Central Connecticut are first-year members. Towson State, Hofstra and Rider were members before the NCAA waived certain expansion requirements in 1989, a time of much realignment.
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By Katherine Dunn | February 16, 2012
Each year, Division I women's lacrosse shuffles its automatic qualifiers and play-in games based on final RPIs, and this year those changes could most affect Towsonand Navy locally. The winner of Towson's conference, the Colonial Athletic Association, has always received an automatic bid into the 16-team NCAA tournament field. This season, however, the winner must go through a play-in game against the Northeast Conference winner to earn a spot in the 16-team field. Navy's Patriot League would still be in a play-in game, which the Midshipmen hosted and won the past two years, but the winner would now have to travel as far as the West Coast.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,Evening Sun Staff | February 4, 1991
Towson State has its first eight-game winning streak as a Division I basketball team. The Tigers are solid favorites to make their second straight trip to the NCAA tournament, and with only one senior on the roster, the future should be bright for coach Terry Truax and his team.After this March, however, that future will be blurry.Towson State and UMBC are members of the East Coast Conference, which learned last week that it will not have an automatic bid to the NCAA basketball tournament in 1992.
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By Katherine Dunn and Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF | May 3, 2001
For UMBC, a lot more hinges on this week's Northeast Conference women's lacrosse championship than any of the previous three titles the Retrievers have won. A victory in Saturday's conference final at Monmouth would give the Retrievers an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament and send them to their first appearance in the tournament, which expands to 16 teams this season. "The automatic bid does make it tougher," said Retrievers coach Monica Yeakel, whose team opens with Wagner in today's semifinal.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,Sun Staff Writer | April 15, 1994
Joining forces with four flagship state universities appealed to the Towson State administration.Automatic bids to NCAA tournaments in women's basketball, men's soccer, field hockey and baseball are other reasons the Tigers were attracted to the North Atlantic Conference.Conference movement in the 1990s usually revolves around men's basketball, however, and that sport figured prominently in the talks that led to yesterday's official announcement that Towson State and Hofstra would become the ninth and 10th members of the NAC.Towson State is in its second year in the Big South Conference, which lost its automatic bid to the 1995 NCAA tournament because of unstable membership.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2013
The university's decision to suspend 27 Tufts players for using sexist and racist comments during a women's volleyball game may have cost the Jumbos a pair of losses to New England Small College Athletic Conference opponents. But coach Mike Daly said he stood behind the penalty. “No regrets whatsoever,” he said Monday morning prior to Tufts practicing at Stevenson's Mustang Stadium in Owings Mills in preparation for Tuesday night's game against the No. 2 Mustangs. “We've got great kids, we've got a great university, and we've got a great lacrosse program.
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By Eric Garland, The Baltimore Sun | July 6, 2012
Erik Etherly will not listen to anyone who says Loyola's schedule was easy last year - unless those critics also went up against Ohio State's Jared Sullinger and Kentucky's Anthony Davis. While Davis (who went No. 1 to the Charlotte Bobcats) and Sullinger (who was picked No. 21 by the Boston Celtics) are preparing for their rookie year in the NBA, Etherly is taking part in the Baltimore Summer League at Loyola's Reitz Arena, fighting for rebounds with guys who are just hoping to catch a glimpse of action with their Division II or III teams in the fall.
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By Edward Lee | April 2, 2012
Washington is 4-0 in the Centennial Conference for the first time in four years and 7-2 overall after registering a 13-8 victory over Muhlenberg Saturday. The Shoremen are a half-game ahead of No. 8 Dickinson and No. 20 Gettysburg - who are both 3-0 in the league - and enjoying their unfamiliar spot atop the standings. “I think it's pretty big because we're all about conference play in terms of qualifying for the conference tournament,” coach Jeff Shirk said last week. “And anything can happen once you qualify for the tournament and the only way you're guaranteed to get to the NCAA Tournament is with that automatic bid. I think with our focus and emphasis on conference play, being able to get a quick start is really big so that you're not always playing from behind.
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By Katherine Dunn | February 23, 2012
The NCAADivision I women's lacrosse tournament bracket could expand from 16 to 24 teams possibly as early as 2013, a move that would eliminate most play-in games. D'Ann Keller, associate director of championships and alliances for the NCAA, said the expansion has been approved by the Division I championship and sports management cabinet. However, it still has several stages to pass through, including the budget committee, before it becomes certain. With 91 teams this spring and several more expected in the next few years, there could soon be 13 or 14 conferences with automatic qualifiers up from the current 11. An NCAA bylaw stipulates 50 percent of the bracket must be filled with at-large bids, Keller said, so more AQs would necessitate an additional play-in game, bringing the total to four, unless the bracket is expanded to 24. This season, only five conference winners -- the Atlantic Coast (Maryland)
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By Katherine Dunn | February 16, 2012
Each year, Division I women's lacrosse shuffles its automatic qualifiers and play-in games based on final RPIs, and this year those changes could most affect Towsonand Navy locally. The winner of Towson's conference, the Colonial Athletic Association, has always received an automatic bid into the 16-team NCAA tournament field. This season, however, the winner must go through a play-in game against the Northeast Conference winner to earn a spot in the 16-team field. Navy's Patriot League would still be in a play-in game, which the Midshipmen hosted and won the past two years, but the winner would now have to travel as far as the West Coast.
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By Jon Meoli, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2011
The Loyola women's basketball team came up short in its quest for the NCAA tournament Monday, as No. 21 Marist (30-2, 19-0) earned the automatic bid with a 63-45 win over the Greyhounds (20-12, 15-4) in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship game. "We won it the way we've won it all year," Marist coach Brian Giorgis said. "You worry because Loyola always comes back. To be able to not allow that puts a feather on the MAAC season. " Marist shot just 4-for-20 to open the game, allowing Loyola to jump out to a 14-5 lead seven minutes into the first half.
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By Edward Lee | April 2, 2012
Washington is 4-0 in the Centennial Conference for the first time in four years and 7-2 overall after registering a 13-8 victory over Muhlenberg Saturday. The Shoremen are a half-game ahead of No. 8 Dickinson and No. 20 Gettysburg - who are both 3-0 in the league - and enjoying their unfamiliar spot atop the standings. “I think it's pretty big because we're all about conference play in terms of qualifying for the conference tournament,” coach Jeff Shirk said last week. “And anything can happen once you qualify for the tournament and the only way you're guaranteed to get to the NCAA Tournament is with that automatic bid. I think with our focus and emphasis on conference play, being able to get a quick start is really big so that you're not always playing from behind.
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By Jon Meoli, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2011
The Loyola women's basketball team came up short in its quest for the NCAA tournament Monday, as No. 21 Marist (30-2, 19-0) earned the automatic bid with a 63-45 win over the Greyhounds (20-12, 15-4) in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship game. "We won it the way we've won it all year," Marist coach Brian Giorgis said. "You worry because Loyola always comes back. To be able to not allow that puts a feather on the MAAC season. " Marist shot just 4-for-20 to open the game, allowing Loyola to jump out to a 14-5 lead seven minutes into the first half.
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March 11, 2009
These teams have earned automatic bids to the NCAA men's tournament by winning their conference tournaments: * Chattanooga, Southern * Cleveland State, Horizon * Cornell, Ivy League * East Tenn. State, Atlantic Sun * Gonzaga, West Coast * Morehead State, Ohio Valley * North Dakota State, Summit * Northern Iowa, Mo. Valley * Radford, Big South * Siena, Metro Atlantic Athletic * VCU, Colonial Athletic * Western Kentucky, Sun Belt automatic bids
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | May 9, 2004
Towson University did not dispose of Villanova with the ease it enjoyed in last month's regular-season rout, but last night's 12-7 victory over the Wildcats was worth so much more to the Tigers. By winning their second straight Colonial Athletic Association tournament title, the Tigers earned an automatic berth in the NCAA men's lacrosse tournament. By putting together a game-ending, 4-1 run in front of 1,517 on Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas Stadium, Towson guaranteed its third national tournament trip in the past four seasons.
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