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Boston University to Join Patriot League

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Boston University Conference RealignmentWith all the Big East moves making the most noise in the region, and then the A10 additions of Butler and VCU, it seemed that the CAA would be the next conference to make a move.

Instead, it’s the Patriot League that has stepped up with the addition of Boston University for the 2013-2014 season.

The move by the Patriot brings in a school with strong academics and reputable market share in the Boston market. With the addition of BU, the conference now sits at 9 members for 2013. It is unknown is the Patriot will remain at 9 or consider expanding further to 10 to balance out the conference. Schools such as VMI and perhaps even William & Mary could be options for a #10 spot.

Boston University was considered a candidate to join the CAA, although not exactly at the top of the list. The CAA has it’s eyes set on protecting it’s football product and needs (2) all-sports football members to do that. Stony Brook, Elon and Coastal Carolina seem to be the top candidates to fill the 2 football spots. With the CAA losing a total fo 3 schools, it does leave a 3rd spot open and allows the CAA to consider a non-football school. While Charleston and Davidson have been the most mentioned, Boston University was considered an option as well…mostly because they would likely accept an invitation, something Charleston and Davidson weren’t locks for.

The CAA still has plenty of options as the 5 top options are all still available, regardless of the membership strategy the CAA opts for.

The loss of Boston University is a huge blow to the CAA, which already has lost the other longtime Boston school, Northeastern, less than a decade ago.

The America East is now down to 8 members, with a large geographic gap now between Maine and UNH and Hartford. The conference can choose to remain at 8 members, but that number is expected to drop to 7 if Stony Brook departs for the CAA.

Central Connecticut St. will likely be considered for the potential #8 spot. Bryant in Rhode Island might also give the America East a look. Other NEC schools such as Monmouth and Quinnipiac will also be given a look. But it’s NJIT that might be the only local lock that the America East has to remain at 8 members if Stony Brook leaves.




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  • Could any D-2 schools fit the mold for the Patriot League? Schools Like Coast Guard, C. W. Post, Post, Catholic U., Case Western Reserves, Gettysburg, Franklin & Marshall, and Johns Hopkins. I know a few more at D-3 that used to go to bowl games in the past fits their profile as well like Washington And Lee and Washington And Jefferson along with Randolph Macon would fit, but they well take 8 years to be in D-2 before going there. Would love to see old rivelries be reborn again.

  • Laker

    Too bad that the Terriers dropped football. Looks like the Patriot League got the drop on the CAA, who really has to be stretching now.


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