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Empire 8 Conference announces new football affiliates

ROCHESTER, NY – The Empire 8 Conference has announced that Frostburg State University (MD) and Salisbury University (MD) will become the seventh and eighth teams to compete in Empire 8 football, starting in 2011 as affiliate members.

The Frostburg State Bobcats and Salisbury University Seagulls, who are expected to play a partial Empire 8 schedule in 2010, will join Alfred University, Hartwick College, Ithaca College, affiliate Springfield College, St. John Fisher College, and Utica College.

“It is a great pleasure to welcome Frostburg and Salisbury to the Empire 8’s very competitive football competition,” said Empire 8 President Dr. Thomas Meier of Elmira College. Empire 8 Commissioner Chuck Mitrano added, “Frostburg and Salisbury are two outstanding universities and we are honored to add them to the Empire 8. The addition of these fine institutions further enhances us as one of the premier Division III football conferences.”

In seven seasons, the Empire 8 has recorded 18 postseason victories with five of the six current teams playing in at least one postseason game during that time. The current Empire 8 teams have posted a 30-17 record against non-conference Division III opponents over the past two years for a .638 winning percentage.

“It is truly an honor to be invited into such a prestigious conference that is committed first and foremost to the pursuit of academic excellence and seeks to distinguish itself as a premier Division III football conference in the NCAA,’ said Frostburg State Head Coach Thomas Rogish. “This is a milestone in Frostburg State University football history.”

Salisbury finished 9-2 in 2008 and captured the ECAC Southwest Bowl. “It is a great honor for Salisbury University to join the elite group of administrators, coaches, and student-athletes of the Empire 8,” said Salisbury Head Coach Sherman Wood. “The conference is well-respected and very competitive on and off the field. On behalf of our staff and students, I would like to thank the Empire 8 for inviting Salisbury football into one of the most competitive conferences in the nation.”