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ROCHESTER, NY – The Empire 8 Conference and the Landmark Conference have announced a football programming agreement for the 2023 and 2024 seasons with the potential for renewal for future seasons.
This alliance will see members of both conferences fill vacancies in their respective schedules with non-conference opponents, with each institution playing two contests (one home, one away) against opponents from the other conference.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Landmark Conference on this programming deal,” Empire 8 Commissioner Chuck Mitrano said. “This collaboration will provide quality competition and enhance the student-athlete experience with like-minded institutions.”
The lectures focused on geography and competitive balance when planning matches. With both leagues having seven members each, an alliance between the two conferences was a perfect fit for the 14 institutions.
“This is an exciting opportunity as the Landmark Conference aims to build its brand and reputation on the grill,” said Commissioner Katie Boldvich. “I am grateful for the collaboration of Empire 8 and I am delighted that our football institutions have the opportunity to play with these quality institutions and programs. Expanding our geographical footprint northward will help form new rivalries and will create great opportunities for our student-athletes as they get to see new communities, facilities and programs on campus.This is a truly unique opportunity for our Landmark football student-athletes.
Empire 8 football institutions include Alfred University (Alfred, NY), SUNY Brockport (Brockport, NY), SUNY Cortland (Cortland, NY), Hartwick College (Oneonta, NY), SUNY Morrisville (Morrisville, NY), St. John Fisher College (Rochester, NY) and University of Utica (Utica, NY). SUNY Cortland won the 2021 Empire 8 Championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Football Championship, finishing the season with an 11-1 record. The Red Dragons finished 12th and 16th respectively in the 2021 AFCA Final and D3football.com national polls.
The Landmark Conference announced the addition of Lycoming College and Wilkes University as full members of the conference beginning with the 2023-24 academic year in February 2022. The league also announced the addition of football as a conference-sponsored sport beginning in the fall of 2023. Keystone College was added as a Football Affiliate Member on April 1, expanding the Landmark to seven football player members.
Iconic football institutions include Catholic University (Washington, DC), Juniata College (Huntingdon), Keystone College (La Plume), Lycoming College (Williamsport), Moravian University (Bethlehem), Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove) and Wilkes University ( Wilkes-Barre).