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Is the CAA looking to expand?
I realize you have 10 schools, and that is a great number for basketball, but would the conference consider expanding and by how many and who would be the targets?
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RE: Is the CAA looking to expand?
(02-12-2017 03:07 PM)shizzle787 Wrote:  I realize you have 10 schools, and that is a great number for basketball, but would the conference consider expanding and by how many and who would be the targets?

I would hope 1 in the north and 1 in the south. Could be 2 div in basketball and cut travel. Who they may be looking at if they are I have no clue. My preference would be Winthrop in the south. Who could depend on looking for schools with football or not
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RE: Is the CAA looking to expand?
Gosh I hope not. With what college basketball has become by the way that the NCAA Tournament has become weighted so heavily by the Power 6, I'd rather see the conference be smaller, not larger, since no matter what the CAA does, it will always be a 1 bid conference. It's hard enough for any of the current teams to get into the NCAA Tournament right now, why make it even tougher?
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RE: Is the CAA looking to expand?
The only good reason to expand the CAA would be to create a North and South division.

From the South, IMO, UNCG would be the best fit and add the most to the conference. They are located in the largest metropolitan area on the east coast that would offer the CAA an opportunity to expand. Also, Greensboro sits in an ideal location for travel and potentially a location for the CAA tournament at the Greensboro Colisuem.

UNCW, Elon, CofC, JMU, William and Mary and even Towson are under 6 hours away driving.

William and Mary, UNCW, Elon and JMU are all under 4 hours drive with CofC under 5 hours.

They would be one of the largest schools in the CAA, and would create a great rivalry with UNCW and especially Elon who are about 30 minutes away.

I have no idea what school would fit from the north.
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RE: Is the CAA looking to expand?
I also doubt they are looking to expand in any way but if they added the northern and southern team for divisions my guess for the northern team would be either Boston University or Stony Brook, but not sure either NU or HU would approve of their neighbors. The only other logical teams would be Patriot league teams, but I don't see any of them moving due to academics.
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Expansion just for expansion sake would be dumb at this point. I'd like to see divisions, but if it means adding a team like, say, Furman, I'll pass. Either add 2 quality basketball schools or keep it at 10.
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RE: Is the CAA looking to expand?
(02-13-2017 07:57 AM)dan10 Wrote:  I also doubt they are looking to expand in any way but if they added the northern and southern team for divisions my guess for the northern team would be either Boston University or Stony Brook, but not sure either NU or HU would approve of their neighbors. The only other logical teams would be Patriot league teams, but I don't see any of them moving due to academics.
What about Monmouth? I don't know if they want to move conferences again so soon. They're one of three schools in the Metro Atlantic Athletic (MAAC) that isn't Catholic. They were 290th in the RPI in their first season in the MAAC, but two seasons later in 2015-2016 they won 28 games. They're 50th in the RPI, tied for 11th in Division I wins (21), tied for third in active winning streak (11 games), and tied for sixth in active road winning streak (5 games). They're in a state that doesn't have a CAA team. They're closer to the CAA's geographic center than Boston University or Stony Brook. They might get the CAA more media attention in New York City. As a Drexel fan, would you want a New Jersey team like Monmouth or Rider in the CAA?

I like a balanced schedule with 10 teams. In 2006-2007 Virginia Commonwealth won the regular season and CAA Tournament and beat Duke in the NCAA Tournament. Old Dominion got an at-large bid. Old Dominion had to play third place Hofstra and fourth place Drexel twice each, and Virginia Commonwealth played them once each. If I had to pick a school to add it would be Monmouth.
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RE: Is the CAA looking to expand?
There's really no schools the CAA could add that would excite me. Maybe they can add some of the football only schools to all sports (albany/SB/NH), but I'm not sure that'd benefit the conference much.
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(02-13-2017 04:47 PM)TDenverFan Wrote:  There's really no schools the CAA could add that would excite me. Maybe they can add some of the football only schools to all sports (albany/SB/NH), but I'm not sure that'd benefit the conference much.
The America East would lose four teams (those three and Maine) and would have only 5 teams left if all four of them left. It's possible that SUNY Stony Brook, Albany, and Binghamton would prefer to be in the same conference. Monmouth is closer to the geographic center of the CAA than those four teams.
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RE: Is the CAA looking to expand?
It's worth noting that Monmouth would probably bring its football team too. Not that I really want Monmouth
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