The Bishin Cutter wrote:
NJIT's situation is an intriguing one. For a school who just wanted to explore basketball at the top level, it did what was asked of them. However, why programs make the upgrade, and can enter with almost seamless fluidity into a conference speaks to the years of additional work programs have fostering their place with peer institutions.
Some schools simply can't make the jumps they want because they are not a desired partner. Should conference affiliation now be a prerequisite before upgrading? Kind of like it is in FBS football?
Conference affiliation is required before upgrading now; it wasn't when NJIT upgraded in 2006. The problem is that NJIT isn't interested in adding new sports (such as lacrosse) to help them becoming more attractive. America East emphasizes six core sports, one of which is lacrosse. UML added it to get in. Moving up in athletics is a huge investment that NJIT either needs to be willing to make or otherwise should go back to D2.