Stony Brook in the Big South? Partnership extended

The Big South and Stony Brook have announced a four-year

extension that will keep the Seawolves as a football-only member of

the conference through 2015.

While the Long Island school in a Southern league is hardly a

natural fit, both sides need each other.

Stony Brook joined the Big South in 2008 after rejecting the

Northeast Conference’s new scholarship restrictions. The Big South

needed to expand to have enough teams to get an automatic bid to

the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

The Big South champion is guaranteed a postseason berth for the

first time this year.

Stony Brook shared the 2009 Big South title with Liberty after

upsetting the Flames in the season finale.

Stony Brook competes in the America East in other sports.