Jan. 16, 2018
SOMERSET, N.J. - The Northeast Conference (NEC) announced its Fall 2017 Sportsmanship Team Awards this afternoon, with Duquesne garnering the league's award for football for the fourth time.
Instituted by league Presidents in 2008, the awards are designed to acknowledge the team in each conference sport that, in the opinion of its peers, most closely demonstrates good sportsmanship based on the NEC Principles of Sportsmanship and Standards of Conduct.
Voting is conducted at the conclusion of each season by each team and head coach, who rank teams within the conference based on a set of criteria.
"When I think of the traits common to Northeast Conference student-athletes, fair play and winning with integrity always come to mind first," said Noreen Morris, NEC Commissioner. "I couldn't be prouder of all the NEC student-athletes and coaches who continue to prioritize these values year after year, and congratulate those teams that have been recognized by their peers with this prestigious honor."
The Dukes also won the award following the 2011, 2012 and 2014 seasons.
Duquesne finished with a 7-4 mark in 2017 including a 4-2 ledger in NEC play, posting at least seven victories for the third consecutive season and the sixth time in the last eight years. The Dukes had a league-high 12 players earn All-NEC honors, as well.