Robert Morris Switches Conference, Joins Horizon League

RMU Athletic Director calls it ‘the next chapter’

Jeff Hathhorn
June 15, 2020 - 1:19 pm
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PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) – Robert Morris University is leaving the Northeast Conference for what is described by RMU administrators as a step up to join the Horizon League.

"This is the next great step forward for our student-athletes and a great day in the history of Robert Morris University," RMU President Dr. Chris Howard said. "We are excited for the excellent competition that awaits in the Horizon League and for the opportunities it presents for the university."

The Colonials closest opponent is a frequent non-conference foe, Youngstown State, as one of three teams from Ohio in the now 12-team league.

"We are excited for the opportunity to become members of the Horizon League," Robert Morris Vice President and Director of Athletics Chris King said. "Aligning ourselves with a nationally recognized and well-branded conference such as the Horizon League positions our athletics department to continue to gain national exposure for RMU.”

"RMU is excited to collaborate with our Horizon League members to meet established conference goals and to actively contribute to broad-based initiatives that serve to grow the Horizon League on both a regional and national level," said King. "We are excited about this next chapter, creating new rivalries and continuing the forward momentum of RMU athletics. I'm confident RMU, located in one of the country's most passionate sports cities, will not only be a strong and valued member of the conference athletically, but will also enhance the reputation of the conference through the addition of a national ranking institution with student-athletes who excel academically, athletically and in life."

"We are excited to welcome Robert Morris University to the Horizon League family," Horizon League Commissioner Jonathan B. LeCrone said. "The Colonials align with the Horizon League's mission, vision and core values. Their addition brings competitive potential, especially in men's basketball, the engaged and vital communities of Moon Township and Greater Pittsburgh, and membership diversity. Their addition positions the Horizon League perfectly for the future."

Robert Morris football is expected to join the Big South conference, as the Horizon League does not have football.

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