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Release: February 20, 2013
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West Long Branch, N.J.- Monmouth University announced on February 14, 2013 that it will accept an invitation to the Big South Conference in the sport of football, effective for the start of the 2014 season.

Monmouth held a press conference on Friday, February 15, an archive of which can be watched for free on Hawkvision HERE

You can read the full press release HERE

Monmouth President Paul Gaffney
"We're honored to accept the Big South Conference invitation to become an associate member in football. I thank the Big South Presidents and Commissioner for their confidence in Monmouth.  New horizons, new challenges bring energy and enable excitement.  The Big South is an opportunity for the Hawks to step up."

Monmouth Director of Athletics Dr. Marilyn McNeil
"Monmouth is very excited that the Big South has extended an invitation to us as an associate member in football. We see this move has a huge opportunity for the Hawks.  We look forward to our future which will hold some new and exciting competitors, enhanced recruiting, and a focus on football excellence." 

Big South Commissioner Kyle B. Kallander
"The Big South Conference is excited to expand our football membership with the addition of Monmouth University. It is clear that Monmouth is committed to athletic excellence at the FCS level, which matches its impressive academic and institutional profile.  Monmouth will be a great fit in the Big South.  We are very pleased to welcome the Hawks!"

Monmouth Head Coach Kevin Callahan
"This is an exciting day for Monmouth football. Membership in the Big South is another significant achievement in the history of the program. The direction that we are heading is extremely positive and I am excited about competing with all of our new conference members. The Big South is a conference that sent two programs to the NCAA Division I FCS Playoffs in 2012 and this is an important milestone for the Monmouth University Football program."

About Monmouth Football
Monmouth, which began playing football in the 1993 season, has been a member of the Northeast Conference over the past 16 years, winning five league titles in that span. With the rest of Monmouth's Division I programs joining the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (which does not sponsor football) in the fall of 2013, MU began searching for a football league which matched its commitment to the sport.

Monmouth, which just celebrated its 20th season of football, has sent a number players to the professional ranks, including three current Hawks in the National Football League (Dallas Cowboy Miles Austin, Buffalo Bill Chris Hogan and Kansas City Chief Jose Gumbs). Callahan,the only coach in Monmouth football history, begins his 21st seasonranked 15th among active FCS coaches in wins with 114. The Hawks, which began giving athletic scholarships in football in 2006, have had five All-Americans, over 120 all-conference honorees, 13 Player of the Year award winners and Callahan has been named conference Coach of the Year three times. Monmouth has had three 10-win seasons, most recently in 2006.

In the classroom, Monmouth football has had 13 straight seasons with an Academic All-District selection. Current Hawk Andrew Sutton is a two-time FCS ADA Academic All-Star and a finalist for its post graduate award. This past fall the team's grade point average just missed a 3.0, finishing with a 2.99 GPA. Monmouth football players are no strangers to community service, most recently collaborating with Team IMPACT an organization that enhances the lives of children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses by matching them with college athletic teams.

Monmouth Football Quick Facts
Head Coach/Seasons: Kevin Callahan (Rochester, 1977)/20
Overall Record: 114-91
Seasons of Football/1st Season: 20/1993
Conference Titles: 5 (1996, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2006 all Northeast Conference)
All-Americans: 5
Current Hawks on NFL Rosters: 3
All-Conference Selections: 123 (NEC)

About The Big South Football Conference
The Big South Conference is coming off its 11th season of football in 2012 and arguably its most successful campaign to date.  The Conference had two teams qualify for the FCS Playoffs for the first time since receiving an automatic bid in 2010 and picked up two wins in the postseason.  The League had the runner-up for the Walter Payton Award in Stony Brook's Miguel Maysonet and notched its third-ever victory over an FBS member.  Big South members have defeated three FBS schools in two of the last three years and have made five combined FCS Playoff appearances (3-5 record), while the League has had a nationally-ranked program at some point of the season every year since football began in 2002.  In addition, the Big South has had six NFL draft picks (all since 2007) and this past season had an exclusive "Game of the Week" on ESPN3 every week of the Conference season for the first time.

The Big South, which operates on a full Football Championship Subdivision scholarship model, gained an automatic qualifier to the NCAA Playoffs in 2009. With the addition of Monmouth, the Big South will include seven football playing members including Charleston Southern University, Coastal Carolina University, Gardner-Webb University, Liberty University, Presbyterian College and Virginia Military Institute.


Big South School Profiles

School Location Mascot Undergraduate Enrollment Years of Football Football Stadium/Capacity Athletics Website
Monmouth University West Long Branch, N.J. Hawks 4,700 20 Kessler Field (3,100)

Charleston Southern University

North Charleston,

Bucs 3,289 42

CSU Stadium
Coastal Carolina University


Chanticleers 9,086 10

Brooks Stadium
Gardner-Webb University

Boiling Springs,

Runnin' Bulldogs 4,900 43

Spangler Stadium
Liberty University


Flames 12,500 40

Williams Stadium
Presbyterian College


Blue Hose 1,200 99

Bailey Memorial Stadium
Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, VA

Keydets 1,650 121

Foster Stadium

Monmouth Football Milestone Timeline

  • June 1992: Board of Trustees approve the addition of football as the 16th Division I sport
  • August 13, 1992: Kevin Callahan introduced as first MU Football Head Coach
  • June 1993: Kessler Field construction begins
  • September 11, 1993: 1st Game in history (vs Stonehill)
  • September 25, 1993: 1st home game in history (vs Sacred Heart)
  • October 2, 1993: 1st Program victory (vs Saint Peter's, 44-42)
  • November 13, 1993: 1st Away victory (vs Albright, 15-14)
  • 1996 Season: Monmouth joins the newly formed Northeast Conference football league
  • September 14, 1996: 1st Northeast Conference Game (vs St. Francis)
  • September 14, 1996: 1st NEC Win (vs St. Francis, 46-17)
  • 1996 Season: Hawks win 1st NEC Championship
  • 1998 Season: NEC Co-Champion
  • 1998 Season: Kevin Callahan named NEC Coach of the Year (First of three times, 2003 & 2006)
  • 2002 Season: Linebacker Joe Sentipal becomes Monmouth's first AP All-American
  • September 6, 2003: 50th Win (vs Saint Peter's, 24-0)
  • November 22, 2003: ECAC Football Classic vs Duquesne
  • 2003 Season: 1st Ten Win Season, NEC Champions
  • 2004 Season: Ten Win Season, NEC Champions
  • 2004 Season: Mid-Major National Champions
  • August 2006: Miles Austin becomes first Hawk to be named to an NFL 53 man roster
  • 2006 Season: Ten Win Season, NEC Champions
  • December 2, 2006: Gridiron Classic vs San Diego
  • 2008 Season: Running back David Sinisi sets the NCAA Record for consecutive games with a TD (21 games)
  • 2008: Sinisi becomes first Hawk named as a Walter Payton Award candidate
  • April 2009: John Nalbone becomes 1st Hawk drafted by an NFL (Miami Dolphins, 5th round)
  • October 31, 2009: 100th Win (vs Bryant, 10-6)
  • 2009 Season: Sinisi finishes as the Northeast Conference's all-time leading rusher
  • 2011 Season: Running back Julian Hayes and wide receiver Neal Sterling named to the Inaugural Jerry Rice Award watch list for the top FCS freshman. MU only team with 2 players on list
  • February 14, 2013: Monmouth accepts bid to join the Big South Conference

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