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 Post subject: Re: CAA Realignment
PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:00 pm 
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Article out of Richmond reporting that as expected the CAA has announced they are adding Stony Brook and Albany for FB only.Link at http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/2012 ... ar-2115317


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 Post subject: Re: CAA Realignment
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:23 pm 
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Article out of Providence(previously posted in another thread)with comments from URI AD regarding a possible reconsideration of their move to the NEC at http://news.providencejournal.com/break ... eri-1.html


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 Post subject: Re: CAA Realignment
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:29 pm 
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Article out of Hampton Roads discussing CAA realignment situation at http://dailypress.com/sports/colleges/d ... 814.column


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 Post subject: Re: CAA Realignment
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 8:25 pm 
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I strongly suspect that the reason that the CAA wants Rhode Island to stick around is because the America East Conference wants to add Central Connecticut St but the NEC wont let them stay for football (and then the CAA would give them football membership). The addition of these two schools would make for very tight divisional play:

North: Maine, New Hampshire, Albany, Rhode Island, Central Connecticut St, Stony Brook
South: Villanova, Delaware, Towson, James Madison, Richmond, William & Mary


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 Post subject: Re: CAA Realignment
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:16 pm 
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I suspect that is exactly what is going on.
It appears that CAA is working in concert with AE conference with regard to both conferences plan for replacing departing teams and creating a coherent CAA FB conference.
The CAA FB conf that you outline above looks pretty good IF URI renegs on the move to NEC FB, and the CCU move comes to pass.

Wonder if the CAA will shoot for 10 or 12 members... C of C seems likely at this point. Not sure about anyone else.

If Davidson were to accept CAA invitation, and CAA invited UNCG, then SoCon would lose their 3 non-FCS schools, and could re-stock with FB schools to become a non-hybrid.
Haven't heard any mention of CAA interest in UNCG, but wonder if they would be a natural rival for UNCW.


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 Post subject: Re: CAA Realignment
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Article out of Richmond with comments from CAA Commish regarding CAA realignment at http://www2.timesdispatch.com/sports/20 ... ar-2118304


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 Post subject: Re: CAA Realignment
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tute-- In regards to UNCG, I've always been under the impression that that the UNC sattelite campuses had a degree of antipathy towards each other hence none of them are in the same leagues (Charlotte wouldn't want Wilmington on equal footing, Wilmington wouldn't want Greensboro to be their equal, and Greensboro probably feels the same about Asheville).

However I could see the SoCon, knowing that they are probably losing Davidson and Charleston, cutting their losses and letting the CAA have them with very little penalty under the condition that they take UNCG too. This way the SoCon can add 3 football schools and become an all-sports/non-hybrid league. As I've said before, my picks are Libery, Jacksonville St, and Coastal Carolina.


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 Post subject: Re: CAA Realignment
PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2012 3:29 pm 
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Has Rhode Island officially said that it is not going to the NEC after all?

Are the Rams considered a lynch pin in the CAA-NEC expansion?


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 Post subject: Re: CAA Realignment
PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2012 8:27 pm 
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Rhode Island's official statement is that they are "considering the offer to come back to CAA"... and will ultimately do what's in URI's long-term interests... blah blah blah...

AE and CAA are being rather tight-lipped about everything, but CAA's Yeager has admitted to making an offer to URI.
URI would make 11 for FB. One would think they have a 12th in mind.
I think beyond that, we are all just speculating.


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 Post subject: Re: CAA Realignment
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Article out of Richmond with(scroll down) comments from CAA Commish regarding CAA/URI situation.Link at http://www2.timesdispatch.com/sports/co ... ar-2134534


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 Post subject: Re: CAA Realignment
PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:59 pm 
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Great find Freaked !!!

So Yeager is hopeful, and a LITTLE confident.... Rhode Island didn't give the CAA a flat "NO" so the invitation is at least under consideration.

You would have to think that the CAA would hope to go to 12 and have Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Albany, Stony Brook, and one other in a CAA FB "North" division.
If so, #12 almost HAS to come from:
an NEC FB team,
Fordham (a Patriot FB team), or
Youngstown State (an MVFC team).

Maybe UMass feels they are stuck in "No Man's Land", since Temple left the MAC, and UMass may have to retrreat to FCS (don't mention this around Quinn....)

They could shift Villanova to North, and add a team #12 from the South, however that might add complications to the Villanova - Delaware rivalry.


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 Post subject: Re: CAA Realignment
PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:17 pm 
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tute79 wrote:
Great find Freaked !!!

So Yeager is hopeful, and a LITTLE confident.... Rhode Island didn't give the CAA a flat "NO" so the invitation is at least under consideration.

You would have to think that the CAA would hope to go to 12 and have Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Albany, Stony Brook, and one other in a CAA FB "North" division.
If so, #12 almost HAS to come from:
an NEC FB team,
Fordham (a Patriot FB team), or
Youngstown State (an MVFC team).

Maybe UMass feels they are stuck in "No Man's Land", since Temple left the MAC, and UMass may have to retrreat to FCS (don't mention this around Quinn....)

They could shift Villanova to North, and add a team #12 from the South, however that might add complications to the Villanova - Delaware rivalry.

There was an article a few days ago that the NEC is worried about C.Conn St. becoming a full member of the CAA.

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 Post subject: Re: CAA Realignment
PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 12:26 pm 
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What's going on here ?

(crickets chirping...)

Should we expect some word form the Socon invitees ? I got the impression that at the very least, C of C was likely to accept an all-sports invitation.
Their BOT gave them persmission to negotiate a move to the CAA....


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 Post subject: Re: CAA Realignment
PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:03 am 
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Projo article reporting that URI has decided to stay in the CAA for FB.Link at http://news.providencejournal.com/break ... ng-in.html


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 Post subject: Re: CAA Realignment
PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:17 am 
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Excellent.

So now CAA FB has 11 teams:

North:
Maine (AE)
UNH (AE)
Albany (AE)
Stony Brook (AE)
URI (A-10)

South:
Villanova (BE)
Delaware (CAA)
Towson (CAA)
JMU (CAA)
W&M (CAA)
Richmond (A-10)

Sure seems like a team #12 for the North would work out nicely.
Will Central Connecticut State now get an invitation to CAA (all-sports) or to AE / CAA FB ?
Stay tuned....


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