Hey, what do you know. It is July! It has been more than 3 months now since the college basketball season ended and nearly 4 months since we saw the Mount’s Big Three rise the NEC championship trophy at Robert Morris to finish the NEC season. Time to get back into the swing of things and get caught up on stuff we might have missed over the last few months as we check out what came across the what I would like to call The NEC News Wire.
– This was the first offseason in quite a while where there was no head coaching changes in the NEC. Although, Robert Morris’ Andy Toole was a candidate for the Marshall job, he stayed put at RMU and will return for his fifth season at the helm of the Colonials.
– Back on June 12, the Robert Morris Colonials become the first NEC team and so far only team to release their full men’s basketball schedule. They will play six non-conference home games beginning with their season opener against Lafayette on November 14th. They will also play at powerhouses North Carolina in Chapel Hill on November 16th, at Georgetown in DC on November 22nd and at Clemson to cap off their non-conference schedule on December 30th. Their first NEC game is a rematch of last season’s NEC final as they will host Mount St. Mary’s on January 3rd.
– On Monday, we saw the return of Ryan Peters to Big Apple Buckets after a brief hiatus as him and his wife recently had a baby girl as well. (Congrats Ryan!) Ryan broke down the up-to-the-moment 2014 NEC transfers. There were names we knew about, obviously the two LIU transfers in E.J. Reed and D.J. Griggs, as well as Wagner’s Mario Moody and Jay Harris. Also, you can forget the three suspended St. Francis Brooklyn players who weren’t reinstated in Sheldon Hagigal, P.J. Santavenere and Anthony White as well as the two RMU players suspended mid-season in Jeremiah Worthem and Britton Lee. There were also a couple of names that may have slipped by such as SFU’s Stephon Mosley, Bryant’s Declan Soukup, and Sacred Heart’s Leo Vincent.
– The NEC quietly announced in their 2013-14 NEC Year-In-Review that their ever-popular, free web streaming service, NEC Front Row, next season will stream all their events included men’s and women’s basketball in true high-definition.
“Last summer, the Conference provided broadcast quality HD equipment for each institution. With this long-term upgrade, all games are now taped in HD and highlights from Front Row broadcasts have been fed to local news stations, regional sports networks and ESPN (SportsCenter Top-10), and used during NEC-TV games on NEC Front Row. The equipment also allowed games to be streamed in a higher quality for those watching on their computer or mobile device. The Conference plans to upgrade to true HD streaming of NEC Front Row webcasts for the 2014-15 season.”
Next season, NEC Front Row along with its new mobile app NEC On The Run will put high-quality NEC games at our fingertips, on any device, at any time and any place. Awesome!! Thank you NEC!
Check in regularly as our NEC News Wire will be out periodically all summer long keeping you up-to-date on the latest news and notes going on around the NEC.