Maybe UNC-Asheville to keep UNC-Wilmington company (althought they are separated E-W by a bit).
Or one of those NY-NE schools in the AE conf.
I have been advocating CAA merger with AE, if the total were 16 or less,
but I forgot that Albany plays NEC FB, and wouldn't be able to do so, if they were in a merged conference that sponsored FB.
I think NEC limts FB scholarships to 40 right now (below the FCS limit of 63), so Albany would be looking at an investment to play CAA FB.
As far as Stony Brook, I don't know why they weren't invited 2 years ago.
Same with Fordham (if Fordham loves the A-10, invite them as a FB affiliate).
No need for a full merger when the CAA still has the advantage. They could simply take the 3 football schools (SB, UNH, Maine)...the 3 with enough scholarships, and take BU too. That's 12 schools, 7 all-sports football (9 total with Nova and Richmond). Can do an unofficial home/home division schedule so you'd have Maine/UNH/NU/BU/SB/Hofstra with home and homes to cut back on travel. In the South scheduling group, the south, you'd have Drexel, Delaware, Towson, JMU, W&M, UNCW.
The problem with App St. and GA Southern is both want to leave for FBS...so they'd be rentals.
SB and Coastal might seem fine to some, but Coastal just pushes a Tier 3 conference footprint even further. They help, and with SB, it's the easiest path to get back to 6 all-sports members to sponsor football. And I do think they have a chance at getting Charleston and Davidson. A chance. Not a great one without ODU and VCU though. But in the long term, both would fit in nicely with W&M, UNCW, Coastal and JMU for a "south" scheduling division. Problem is Delaware wants nothing to do with the north.
To reiterate, 12 schools in 1 division. But for scheduling, can do 6/6 just to decide on what schools will have an anual home and home. Means a 16 game conference schedule.
Coastal is like a 90 minute drive from Wilmington. Would make an excellent travel partner for scheduling purposes w/ UNCW, would strengthen football, and would quiet any UNCW concerns once and for all about not having a travel partner. They seem like a no brainer as does Stony Brook. Asheville is a good 6 hour drive on the western side of the state so adding them is not likely. Again, I would love to see the push to get CoC. UNCW, COC, and Coastal would make an excellent trio and I hope CoC realizes that.
I don't think their is anyway all expansion schools will be from the north. A southern division from Philly to Wilmington, NC would be crazy at this level. If CoC won't bite and no other southern school is a good fit then I would not be oppossed to Boston U and moving Towson south. Baltimore to the Wilmington/Myrtle Beach area is not unreasonable for a southern division and each school has natural travel partners.
CAA 2013 Proposal #1
North: Northeastern, Hofstra, Stony Brook, Delaware, Drexel, Towson
South: GMU, JMU, WMU, UNCW, Coastal, CoC
CAA 2013 Proposal #2
North: Northeastern, Boston U, Hofstra, Stony Brook, Delaware, Drexel
South: Towson, GMU, JMU, WMU, UNCW, Coastal
#1 would be awesome for this UNCW fan #2 would suffice and make travel easier on everyone