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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:04 pm 
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JPSchmack wrote:
I'm almost at the point with trying to figure out the CAA, MAAC, Big South and SoCon, where I think they should just all get together in one big meeting and re-organize themselves into something that makes sense. Because right now, they're all "conference realignment losers" and no one is winning.


Very well put. All of the programs need to get together and figure out a plan that works for everyone and there needs to be transparency. If there are 6 northern schools and 6 southern schools willing to stick together and call themselves the CAA they need to come out express that and be able to see who else is willing to commit to a conference with that format. If that's not the case then they need to decide which conferences are interested in adding the current shrinking slate of CAA schools and divide them up accordingly.

I'm sure the SoCon would much rather have the southern wing of the CAA than A-Sun and Big South call ups and the MAAC and America East would much rather have CAA's northern flank and core rather than promote DII's and NEC programs.


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wbyeager wrote:
I think the football dynamic might be at play - if America East is wounded badly, Maine and New Hampshire, who play football in the CAA, will be upset. The other part of it is that America East isn't greatly outnumbered anymore on the football field:

America East - Albany, Stony Brook, UNH, Maine
CAA - Delaware, Towson, William & Mary, James Madison
Big East - Villanova
Atlantic 10 - Rhode Island, Richmond

Lose JMU and/or Delaware to FBS and CAA football becomes America East football.

The football-playing schools are actually the minority of the CAA next year now that College of Charleston is on board. Why would Charleston want to create a conference like the one they're leaving?

The CAA was down to 6 before when ECU, Richmond etc all bailed and they came back as 12. CAA has a tv AEC, SoCon, Big South, MAAC don't that should make the CAA the league dog in this group. The only conf. that should worry about dying are WAC, Summit, A-Sun b/c they are at the bottom of the totem pole.

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