fighting muskie wrote:
If Albany and Stonybrook are making football-only moves to the CAA this almost surely means that the 3 openings for CAA all-sports membership go to southern teams from the SoCon or maybe the Big South. The SoCon will surely fill its holes with football-playing schools like Liberty, Coastal Carolina, and Jacksonville St.
I wouldn't be so sure. If Rhode Island comes back they'll need one more northern school to split into divisions in football. My guess would be C Connecticut St who would join as a full member. The next two would definitely be in the south though.
N- Maine, UNH, Albany, Stony Brook, URI, C. Conn
S- UDel, W&M, JMU, Towson, Richmond, Nova
N- N'eastern, Hofstra, Drexel, UDel, Towson, C Conn
S- GMU, UNC-W, W&M, JMU, Charleston, (one more south)
But that's of course if they even want to go to 12 in either football or all sports. They might be perfectly content with 10 in both. I personally think that the CAA and Big Sky should lobby for two bids for conferences that have 12 teams (two divisions of 6, each division champ gets in). But, that would probably lead to the MVFC, OVC, and SoCon trying to get to 12 which would get messy.