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Bluefield State College joins new conference

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A big announcement was made at Bluefield State College Thursday.

They are new members of the Eastern College Athletic Conference effective immediately, therefore the college is already eligible for championships and awards within the conference.

While BSC competes in NCAA Division 2, the conference consists of 306 member institutions competing in Divisions 1, 2, and 3.

Unlike their previous home in the WVIAC, the ECAC has different schedule requirements that could benefit the athletic programs.

"We are not required to play every member of the conference every season, this provides BSC with some important flexibility," said BSC President Dr. Marsha V. Krotseng.

Athletic Director Terry Brown added, "We try to get teams that people are familiar with, institutions rather, that people are familiar with, and to keep the rivalries going. Rivalries are very important."

The ECAC is the largest athletic conference in the country.