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 Post subject: Re: CAA Realignment
PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 5:08 pm 
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I wonder what has prompted URI's change of heart. They seemed to be pretty comfortable with the downgrade to the NEC as it would help alleviate their athletic budget.


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 Post subject: Re: CAA Realignment
PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 5:24 pm 
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I wonder what has prompted URI's change of heart. They seemed to be pretty comfortable with the downgrade to the NEC as it would help alleviate their athletic budget.


I think it's more that IFFF they opt to stay in the CAA, it's because you'd have UNH, Maine, Albany and Stony Brook on the schedule every year, and they can just pick up 3 OOC games against NEC schools and have 4 games per year versus the pool of Nova, Delaware, Towson, JMU, Richmond and W&M.

But yes, the scholarship drops would need to be addressed (and subsequent Title IX issues).

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 Post subject: Re: CAA Realignment
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What happened to Elon in this matter? Should we be reading into their women's lax going to the A-Sun as a sign?


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 Post subject: Re: CAA Realignment
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Article out of Charleston with comments from C of C AD regarding possibility that his school may be added to CAA in near future.Link at http://www.abcnews4.com/story/19097682/ ... -soon-be-a -caa-school


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 Post subject: Re: CAA Realignment
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Post and Courier article reporting that full C of C BOT will discuss possible CAA move at their scheduled August 3rd meeting.Link at http://www.postandcourier.com/article/2 ... conference


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Article out of Richmond with comments from CAA Commish regarding impending league expansion at http://www2.timesdispatch.com/sports/co ... ar-2081393


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Article out of Hampton Roads discussing CAA expansion situation at http://articles.dailypress.com/2012-07- ... ll-members


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Article out of Burlington(previously posted in another thread)discussing impact of CAA expansion on other leagues at http://www.thetimesnews.com/sports/sout ... opics.html


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As previously reported,the College of Charleston full BOT is scheduled to meet today and discuss possible future CAA membership.Interesting to learn what happens.

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Article in Newsday reporting that Stony Brook and Albany will be playing FB in CAA after 2012.A presser with announcement is expected next week.Link at http://www.newsday.com/sports/college/s ... -1.3881711


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Article out of Hampton Roads discussing CAA expansion situation at http://articles.dailypress.com/2012-08- ... erence-usa


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 Post subject: Re: CAA Realignment
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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.


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 Post subject: Re: CAA Realignment
PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2012 12:34 pm 
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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.

Football
N- Maine, UNH, Albany, Stony Brook, URI, C. Conn
S- UDel, W&M, JMU, Towson, Richmond, Nova

Basketball
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.


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 Post subject: Re: CAA Realignment
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Does anybody have anything concrete about URI considering NOT leaving CAA FB for NEC FB ?
I thought that was about competitiveness and URI's budget, and not about geography....
CAA could go with a 9-game round-robin in football.

I really like bringing in Stony Brook & Albany for FB only.
This avoids a huge raid on the AE, and pusts all 4 AE FB schools under one umbrella.
Albany has to add about 20 scholarships.
For Stony Brook, this is a total no-brainer. The CAA saves a ton of travel vs. Big South football.

What other FCS schools are out there, if CAA FB wanted to go to 12 ?

URI (A-10 / CAA -> NEC FB) - would they reconsider ?
Duquesne (A-10 / NEC FB) - do they have the budget ?
Fordham (A-10 / Patriot FB) - since they got Patriot to move to scholarships, are they happy in Patriot ?
Youngstown St. (Horizon / MVFC FB) - gotta think they may not be enthralled with all the Dakota games....
Central Connecticut St (NEC for all sports) - may be a candidate for AE expansion to replace BU....
SoCon / Big South FB schools.... not sure.....

Northeastern really looks like an outlier in CAA, especially since NE dropped FB.
The BB money is good, but I wonder if they would almost prefer to switch conferences with UMBC.
C of C seems like a decent bet to move to CAA. That would give them 10 - not a bad number.

AE is at 8 since BU left for Patriot. Central Connecticut looks like a nice replacement school to plug in there.
NEC could invite NJIT as a replacement. I'll bet NJIT calls up the NEC office fairly frequently to let them know NJIT is available.


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 Post subject: Re: CAA Realignment
PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2012 12:52 pm 
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A few thoughts---

If Central Connecticut St is interested in getting into the mix I think the ideal plan would be for America East to give them all-sports membership and the CAA to extend them a football invite. The AmEast would give them an easier travel schedule than the CAA and the AmEast is hurting for members. It also would mean that 5 AmEast schools would be playing football under the CAA banner and should James Madison and/or Delaware ever depart, the AmEast could take over sponsorship in much the same way the CAA did from the A-10.

I think we ought to include Liberty in the mix of future additions--they may be an Evangelical school but they are committed to their athletic programs and the Flames' football team receives excellent support. They also are not a geographic stretch by any means.

Youngstown St would be a great addition (plus it would open up a spot in the MVFC for North Dakota). Does anyone know if they have actually expressed interest or is the talk on this board just speculation?

Also, I am all for conferences with 12+ members that have demonstrated a history of success in the FCS playoffs receiving an autobid for both division winners. Of course, if the legislation is not phrased just right it could lead to a conference raiding free-for-all at the FCS level.


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