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Old Dominion Makes it Official – Will Join CUSA

Category: CAA Expansion & Realignment, Conference USA Expansion & Realignment, Featured News, NCAA Conference Expansion & Realignment

Conference%20USA Conference RealignmentOld Dominion University Conference RealignmentAfter a couple weeks of speculation, ODU will indeed make the expected move to CUSA. They will join in 2013, remaining in the CAA for 1 more year. They will become the 14th member, joining along with Charlotte. The move gives CUSA a stronger eastern presence to offset some of their recent losses. Marshall, ECU, ODU, and Charlotte will all be in the same division, likely with Florida International, UAB, and USM once Charlotte and ODU’s football programs are FBS capable.

The loss of ODU from the CAA has been expected and the CAA will now be down to 9 total members with 4 members sponsoring football in the conference. The CAA now has to decide if it will continue the trend of putting football first by adding 2 all-sports members with football such as Stony Brook and Coastal Carolina (CAA needs 6 all-sports members with football to retain full football sponsorship) or focus on it’s basketball product by going after programs like Davidson and Charleston.

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