The Bishin Cutter wrote:
We will just have to disagree about Nova jumping FCS leagues. Doing so what jeopardize their game against Delaware as the Blue Hens would not be too excited about Nova moving and jeopardizing what they worked hard to build.
This makes no sense. Villanova would have gone FBS had the Big East schools ok'd the subsidy. And Talley was behind it. Still is and actually quite upset they didn't. He started recruiting very well telling kids they were moving, and when it wasn't to be, started losing talent. Where was the Delaware game in all of that?
And let's not pretend Delaware is "content" in FCS. They're spending money studying FBS. They have a feasibility plan in place. I know the money seems arbitrary, but not every FCS program are doing these reports. To even invest on such a thing means one has to be okay with potentially severing ties with local rivalries.
They've both flirted with the idea of leaving each other. No reason to believe they're inseparable in FCS.
leaving your biggest rival to jump to FBS, where the would have been playing other Big time eastern schools, is quite different then leaving your biggest rival by switching FCS leagues. The CAA is still the toughest FCS league out there. Unless Nova is de-emphasizing their current level of commitment at the FCS level, they have no reason to switch. Delaware may move up, but what have they done to show that they are legitimately interested in doing so?
The Bishin Cutter wrote:
As for Delaware, they are going to be a new kingpin for the CAA. Why rejoin the AEast when you can take whom you want to be with you? I think Stony Brook would jump at the chance of reuniting with Delaware and Hofstra if offered. We will have to disagree on that too.
As long as a Virginia school resides in the CAA, they will ALWAYS be the kingpin. Delaware's a Towson-like appendage at best.
And how's Delaware's sway going? Stony Brook's been chomping at the bit to get into the CAA for all sports. Sounds like Hofstra and Drexel have more say with one less sport than Delaware has with all of them.
CAA used to be a good collection of public and private schools. It's becoming too saturated with private schools with no football holding it against public schools who field the sport. If the next move is go acquire Elon or Davidson over absorbing the rest of Albany or Stony Brook, when will you see this is not to Delaware's favor?
As I have said before, the CAA can do all of the above by expanding and establishing true north-south divisions with little interdivisional play. My best hypothesis is that Stony Brook and Albany will not be added as all sports until appropriate southern schools can be added for UNCW and CoC. So its not as if Delaware is not getting what they want because of other northern members, its the southern members making sure they are taken care of by further southern expansion and not becoming southern misfits.
At the end of the day I bet you will see a 14 team CAA with the north addding Stony Brook and Hofstra and the South adding between 3 to 5 southern members (depending on if/when JMU and W&M leave). The FCS league will be preserved under the CAA banner and basketball will continue to be emphasized as the top priority.
North- Northeastern, Albany, Stony Brook, Hofstra, Drexel, Delaware, Towson
South- JMU, W&M, Davidson, Elon, UNCG, UNCW, CoC
Maine, UNH, URI, Stony Brook, Albany, Villanova
Delaware, Richmond, Towson, JMU, WMU, Elon