Thursday, September 2, 2010

Big South Conference Announces Four-Year Extension With Stony Brook In Football

Charlotte, N.C. - The Big South Conference Council of Chief Executive Officers has unanimously approved a four-year associate football membership extension with Stony Brook University, it was announced today by Big South Commissioner Kyle B. Kallander. Stony Brook first joined the League as a football member in 2008 and its membership will extend through the 2015 season.

"Stony Brook has been an outstanding football member for the Big South Conference," said Kallander. "They have strong leadership, are a class act, and obviously are very competitive. We are thrilled to extend our relationship with the Seawolves."

In just two seasons, Stony Brook has gone 8-3 in Big South play with one Conference Co-Championship in 2009 as well as a runner-up finish in 2008. The Seawolves are coached by fifth-year head coach Chuck Priore, who is 22-22 overall at Stony Brook and was the 2009 Big South Conference Coach of the Year.

"We are excited about continuing our relations with the Big South Conference," said Priore. "During the past two years, I've been privileged to work with quality coaches and student-athletes from the various schools."

"Stony Brook is excited and honored to continue our relationship with the Big South Conference," added Jim Fiore, Stony Brook Director of Athletics. "We have a tremendous amount of respect for the administrators, coaches and student-athletes who represent the conference. I continue to be impressed by their commitment to succeed at the highest level of FCS football and look forward to competing with our colleagues for the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament."

Stony Brook, which opens the 2010 season at South Florida on Saturday evening, was picked to finish second in the preseason poll.