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Stony Brook extends Big South contract

Charlotte, N.C. (Sports Network) - Ending speculation that Stony Brook's football program might move to another conference, the Big South Conference Council of Chief Executive Officers unanimously approved a four-year associate football membership extension with the Long Island university.

Stony Brook joined the Big South as a football member in 2008 and its membership will extend through the 2015 season.

"Stony Brook has been an outstanding football member for the Big South Conference," commissioner Kyle B. Kallander said. "They have strong leadership, are a class act, and, obviously, are very competitive. We are thrilled to extend our relationship with the Seawolves."

Stony Brook shared the 2009 Big South title with Liberty, finishing 5-1 in conference play. In its first season in 2008, the Seawolves were 3-2 in Big South action.

The Stony Brook campus is located about 55 miles east of Manhattan, while all the other football members of the conference are in Virginia and the Carolinas.

"We are excited about continuing our relations with the Big South Conference," said Stony Brook coach Chuck Priore, the 2009 Big South Coach of the Year. "During the past two years, I've been privileged to work with quality coaches and student-athletes from the various schools."

09/01 16:47:13 ET