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Mountain East gets OK from NCAA

staff report • Feb 15, 2013 at 6:33 AM

WHEELING, W.Va. — Mountain East Conference action is officially coming this September.The NCAA Division II Membership Committee has approved the MEC's application for membership, the new league announced Friday. The MEC will become the 25th NCAA Division II conference as of Sept. 1, immediately assuming active status. The 12 institutions involved in the establishment of the new league applied to the NCAA on Nov. 30, 2012.

The charter members of the all-sports league include nine West Virginia institutions — Concord University, Fairmont State University, Glenville State College, Shepherd University, The University of Charleston, West Liberty University, West Virginia State University, Wheeling Jesuit University, and West Virginia Wesleyan College — as well as Notre Dame College and Urbana University in Ohio and the University of Virginia's College at Wise.

The MEC plans to crown conference champions in 16 sports during its first season of operation: men's and women's basketball, baseball, men's and women's cross country, football, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, and volleyball.

MEC champions won't be eligible to receive automatic NCAA tournament bids until the 2015-16 academic year, though teams will be able to garner at-large bids to NCAA championship play.

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