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Duquesne to the NEC for Football

Category: Featured News, NEC Expansion & Realignment, Northeast Conference Expansion

Duquesne University is expected to announce tomorrow that its football team will move into the NCAA Division I-AA Northeast Conference, most likely beginning in 2008, and will offer athletic scholarships for the first time.

There also are plans to renovate Rooney Field to include a new office complex to house coaches for the football and soccer programs, locker rooms, permanent seating and improvements in the press box.

Duquesne athletic director Greg Amodio did not return phone calls.

Ron Ratner, the NEC associate commissioner of communications, refused to comment yesterday.

The schools in the NEC started to offer athletic scholarships in 2006, with a maximum of 30 allowed in the program at one time. Robert Morris, a member of the NEC, gave out the equivalent of 10 full scholarships to its freshman class.

Some I-AA schools, such as Youngstown State, offer the maximum of 63 permitted by the NCAA.


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