Monmouth University announced on Wednesday that in 2014, its football program will officially be a part of the Big South Conference.
According to the Asbury Park Press, the Big South Conference opens up scholarship opportunities that were previously limited in the Northeast Conference
“I thank the Big South presidents and the commissioner for their confidence in Monmouth,” President Paul Gaffney II said to the APP. “New horizons, new challenges, bring energy and excitement. The Big South is an opportunity for the Hawks to step up.”
Schools in the Big South mostly hail from states like Virginia and North Carolina. The Press reported that as a member, Monmouth would be considered a "counter" school if its scholarship eligibility among athletes reaches 57. A win against the Hawks would count for other schools as a point toward the bowl.