Will NJIT be playing in the summit in 2013-14?
I doubt it. And for certain reasons. 1.) NJIT is in the Northeast U.S. 2.) They're currently affiliated as an NCAA D-I Independent for mostly all sports. 3.) Should the Highlanders would join an athletic conference, it would be either in the MAAC or the NEC or the AmEast, despite that these conferences have yet no interest whatsoever. 4.) The school can use the same arena where they play ice hockey for their basketball teams, referring to the Prudential Center.
NJIT could easily join the Summit for 2014-15, and would be a better fit there than anywhere else despite the location.
1. The Summit needs baseball schools, and NJIT has that (and could bring NYIT as a baseball-only affiliate).
2. NJIT doesn't seem to be adding lacrosse or any other sports that northeastern conferences are emphasizing, which is part of why the NEC and America East aren't interested.
3. NJIT has all sports sponsored by the Summit except men's and women's golf and women's swimming; and only basketball and golf have all 8 members competing, so NJIT would help with scheduling.
4. If NJIT can afford to play at the Prudential Center for basketball and club level
ice hockey, then surely they could find a way to pay a travel subsidy like Hawaii does to other BIg West members.
5. This kind of goes back to #1, but the Summit needs to do whatever they can to keep their auto-bid, and NJIT is the only realistic option to keep it since they are a full DI member. Plus adding 2 basketball games to a 14-game schedule can only help, especially if one is at the Prudential Center.
If NJIT doesn't like spending more money for athletics, then they need to go back to Division II. As for the Summit, they can't afford to risk losing another and desperately need to rebound.