News and Notes from Around the NEC: July 17

Here is some men’s basketball news and notes from around the Northeast Conference:

Last week, Sacred Heart became the first NEC school to release a 2012-13 non-conference schedule. Two good games on their schedule of note, they play at Rutgers which will be a quick, early test for them against former RMU head coach and now Rutgers head coach Mike Rice. They also play a home game against 2012 NCAA Tourney team Lehigh. Remember, Lehigh was the 15 seed in the last season’s NCAAs who upset perennial powerhouse Duke in the Round of 64. Lehigh will be led by 2012 Patriot League Player of the Year and NBA prospect C.J. McCollum. That one should get a nice size crowd to the Pitt Center. For more info on Sacred Heart, I highly suggest checking out the Pioneer Pride blog which is written by SHU alum Ryan Peters. Follow him on Twitter also @Pioneer_Pride.

Fairleigh Dickinson announced they would be part of the 2012 South Padre Island Invitational in South Padre Island, Texas. They will be in a group which includes Delaware State, Navy and Prairie View A&M. Also, it has been confirmed that will be taking on Northwestern from the Big Ten on the road.

Quinnipiac announced just their home 2012-13 non-conference schedule so far. Schedule include two games versus 2012 NCAA Tournament teams (Lehigh and Vermont). Quinnipiac also announced last week that they have given Quinnipiac’s Men Basketball Head Coach Tom Moore a new five-year contract extension which will have him under contract at the school until 2016-17 season. I like Tom Moore as a head coach. I think he coaches his team hard and gets great results out of them. Some people aren’t too fond of Tom Moore which I can also get. Some people think he comes across as somewhat sleazy and whiny. I really don’t have that feeling toward Tom Moore. I understand he came from a big time program in UConn and has advantages at Quinnipiac that most if not all of the other NEC schools just don’t have. Yet, I think he is a good in-game coach and recruiter and when you watch his team play, they usually play very, very well. So in that I say, congrats to Tom Moore on his new extension.  Finally, Quinnipiac will be involved in the 2012 US Virgin Islands Paradise Jam and will play against 2012 NCAA Tournament team Iona in the first round of this tournament.

Last week, the Northeast Conference put out their 2011-12 NEC Year-In-Review. There was a couple of very interesting nuggets on there regarding the upcoming 2012-13 season. First, the NEC is partnering with online production company Pack Network in introducing a new web stream portal called NEC Front Row. According to the information, every NEC school is going to be outfitted with video equipment and software that will allow schools to stream football and basketball games on the NEC Front Row Portal for FREE!!!! Now, I don’t know if this just means that only NEC conference games will be streamed through NEC Front Row or if all NEC schools will be allowed to stream all their home games through this new portal. This is great for long-distance LIU fans to finally be able to watch LIU home hoops games. If this was available last season, I would have been able to say that I got to watch every LIU game last season since the one game I did miss was a December 30 home game versus NJIT. Second, the NEC announced in the Year-In-Review, they planned on the 2012 NEC Media Day being an in-person Media Day in New York City sometime in late October. The event would be webcast live online through the new NEC Front Row. Fans can now asks their questions to their schools head coaches via Twitter. It is another great example of how the NEC has put new media and social media into great use for promotion as well as social interaction. Third, the NEC is in process of digitizing their archives to bring it online. So soon, fans will be able to access games and highlights as far back as 15 years at anytime online. That’s pretty cool.

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