I can see Northeastern and College of Charleston joining the CAA in a few years. Granted since a football playoff is not an issue in 1-AA, you can pretty much get away with 6 to 8 members in a league, but it seems everybody is going with the 12-team, 2-division lineup.
The benefits of Northeastern is that the school is experiencing unprecendented academic and athetlic improvement and their Co-operative Education program is ranked #1 in the US. Anyway, their campus is Boston and it provides a good recruiting and media market. It would be tough for NU to leave their traditional rivals like UNH, Maine, BU and UMass, but going south opens up a whole new territory for them.
The benefits of the College of Charleston is that they are one of the oldest public colleges in the country (like W & M), have an excellent liberal arts program, have always had major success in basketball anywhere they've hung their hat, and that Charleston is a good destination. They also give UNCW a travel partner.
If NU joins the CAA, then you have a football league with NU, James Madison, Wiliam & Mary, Towson, Hofstra and Delaware. Granted you'll only be playing 5 conference games, but you will have total control over league affairs, instant credibility, and more than likely an automatic playoff berth. No worries about filling in the schedule, because they'll always be playing their taditional rivals. If you need to have associate members (the trend is moving away from that), they you could pick-up Villanova and Georgetown.
The CAA alignment would be:
North: * Northeastern, * Delaware, Drexel, *Hofstra, *Towson, George Mason
South: * James Madison, Old Dominion, * William & Mary, Virginia Commonwealth, UNC Wilmington, College of Charleston
Last edited by civilrat on Sun Nov 16, 2003 9:11 am, edited 1 time in total.