There has to be something going on here behind the scenes.
Yeah, no official meetings during the march madness (now over), but there are so many schools here with their athletics future hanging in the balance,
that there must be a lot of phone calls and diiscussion (maybe not so much at the conference level).
It seems obvious to several of us that the AE, CAA and SoCon have enough teams for 2 conferences.
If the conf. commissioners go all Macchiavelian and put the survival of THEIR conference above everything else, it will create a mess,
with conferences perhaps trying to poach each other at the same time.
Ultimately, the conference commissioners work at the behest of the member schools, and if the member schools work out something decent behind the scenes,
and then the college presidents and ADs ask the commissioners to implement it, that might be for the best.
It almost appears that there is a "news black-out" about who is chasing who here....
When Freaked isn't turning up blogs and articles and leaks on three (3) different conferences (all of which appear to be "in play" right now), it makes me suspicious.
There most certainly backroom dealing going on. The first question to be answered is whether the SoCon will take the CAA's southern wing or if Davidson and 2 friends would rather be CAA members. While it would make sense for the 3 conferences to work together the CAA sees itself as the superior conference and its members probably have that attitude at the negotiating table--preferring to be the conference that takes on new members rather than being the conference ripped apart. The CAA could score a major victory if they were to add 5 schools: Davidson, Elon, UNC Greensboro, Albany, and Stony Brook.
While it would mean splitting things 14 ways, the 7-member North and South Divisions minimize travel when you factor in double round-robin within your division (12 games) and playing 6 of the 7 members in the opposite division 1 game each.
Sure it would be a huge stab in the back to New Hampshire, Maine, and fellow SUNY school Binghampton but realignment is a nasty, cruel game sometimes. AmEast can rebuild with NJIT and another DII upgrade or two--or if the NEC would lighten up its stance regarding fb, C Conn St would be a good fit. As for the SoCon, they too can and will bounce back between adding the best of the Big South and some of these fledgling A-Sun programs