MEC Sets Football Schedules

WHEELING – The Mountain East Conference has released the league football schedule for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

To accommodate member schools’ existing non-conference obligations this fall, the MEC’s 11 football-playing institutions will play a nine-game league schedule in the inaugural season before kicking off round-robin play with a full 10-game conference slate in 2014.

West Liberty’s MEC opener is set for Sept. 14 when it welcomes Glenville State to Russek Field. West Liberty’s complete 2013 grid slate will be released later this month.

”This is a very exciting time for the Mountain East Conference,” onference Commissioner Reid Amos said. ”As we grow toward a 10-game MEC schedule in 2014, all signs suggest that the MEC will be a highly competitive conference that will position its teams well for increased opportunities in NCAA competition. This format will ultimately keep our many strong rivalries intact and will create some new rivalries.”

The Mountain East Conference announced its formation in August 2012 and submitted credentials in December 2012 seeking approval to become the newest NCAA Division II conference. Members of the 12-team league along with West Liberty include eight other West Virginia schools – Concord, Fairmont State, Glenville State, Shepherd, Charleston, West Virginia State, West Virginia Wesleyan and Wheeling Jesuit – along with Notre Dame College and Urbana University from Ohio and the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. Wheeling Jesuit sponsors 20 NCAA Division II sports but does not currently include football among its offerings.

If the MEC is approved by the NCAA for competition in 2013-14, the league would meet the NCAA requirement for conference championships in 16 sports: 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.