Thanks for the info. Looks like the "big CAA announcement" involved Drexel starting up a women's crew team !!! "Stroke ! Stroke ! Stroke !"
Let's summarize CAA FB -
Delaware - stable
Towson - stable
James Madison - stable (upwarldy mobile ?)
William & Mary - stable
Old Dominion - up & running
Georgia State - up & running - CAA league in 2012
Northeastern - quit football
Hofstra - quit football
Richmond (A10) - probably stable
Rhode Island (A10) - moving to NEC
UMass (A10) - may be moving to MAC FBS
Villanova (BE) - may be moving to BE FBS
Maine (AE) - ?
New Hampshire (AE) - ?
So including Ga. State, we're looking at 11, but we may have pending departures by 'Nova and/or UMass.
Fordham - sought and got a divorce from the Patriot League
Stony Brook - biding time in the Big South
UNC-Charlotte - FCS FB in 2013.
Albany - may be happy in 40 scholarship NEC, might be happier with Stony Brook in the CAA....
I think here's what I would do, if I'm CAA commissioner....
Meet with CAA presidents / ADs and achieve confirmation that you'd like to have 12 FB teams going forward.
Meet with Maine and New Hampshire and find out where their heads are at ? I honestly have no idea where they might go, if they are unhappy (the NEC is an option, but they'd have to dump 63-40 scholarships). Find out if they feel less isolated if Rhode Island (and potentially UMass / Villanova) are replaced with Fordham, Stony Brook, Albany ? Assure them that is the contingency plan.
Meet with A-10 commissioner and Presidents of Northeastern, Hofstra, Richmond and UNCC, and see if there is any interest in having Richmond and UNCC join the CAA (for all sports) and having Northeastern and Hofstra taking their place in the A-10 (for all sports)....
I think at one point, Richmond was in the CAA (or affiliated with the CAA schools) and they went off to the A-10. Maybe there is some bad blood, but administrators change and memories fade....
This is when the reality of an imperfect world kicks in. Schools don't want to make moves to a lower conference. It's why logic doesn't playout in the region. For instance, since Hofstra and NU don't have football, there is little reason for them to be in the CAa anymore...especially NU who was only brought in because they had football and gave the CAA enough to usurp sponsorship. Remember, NU was one of the lower candidates in the AE. the CAA could have taken BU in the same market, but BU had no football. Same goes with Drexel: like NU and Hofstra, they make more sense in the AE now.
You mention Charlotte and Richmond. They don't want to be in the CAA where you have to win the conference to make the tourney. You can count on your fingers how many at-large bids they have had. Meanwhile, in a bad year, the A10 will get 2 schools in. In an average year, 3-4, and in some good years, 5. That will never be the case with the CAA.
And you also have the SoCon in the region.
In the perfect world, commissioners would be on the phone making swaps. But it's not part of the the greedy world of college sports. Ideally, you'd have NU, Drexel and Hofstra volunteer for the AE...you'd have the other 3 non-football CAA schools (GMU, VCU, UNCW) volunteer to join the SoCon with other top non-football schools from the Big south...and the SoCon football schools join the CAA. But that wouldn't ever happen.