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RE: America East, A-10 and CAA consolidate?
The CAA needs to add Stony Brook to the North and say UNCG in the South.

This would solidify football with 6 all sports football members, allowing basketball to return to the forefront, and help geography by providing clear travel divisions.

Unfortunately Hofstra did not and possibly still will not allow Stony Brook, stemming from "turf issues" and likely public v private issues so we are at a standstill.

Northeastern and Hofstra both dropped their football programs after the CAA added them for football, which has certainly played a role in the football instability the American East schools were supposed to solve
(This post was last modified: 01-12-2018 12:30 AM by solohawks.)
01-12-2018 12:29 AM
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RE: America East, A-10 and CAA consolidate?
I tought Hofstra & NE would get killed in travell cost joining CAA
now that they droped FB, AE needs them back to surive
takes CAA out of New England
01-12-2018 01:56 AM
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RE: America East, A-10 and CAA consolidate?
Boston screwed AmEast football, then bolted. Hofstra and Northeastern screw CAA by dropping football and then pulling this private school BS.

In some ways, AmEast got rid of a lot of its problems when BU left. Yet, with Hartford likely keeping CCSU out, and Vermont and Hartford resisting football, it's a real stalemate. Plus, AmEast football, while it might have the regional schools, really benefit from the PA to VA exposure. For AmEast to even consider football, it probably needs a Richmond, Villanova, and Towson. Those guys aren't going there. Monmouth wouldn't push the needle.

CAA needs to do a few things (let's start by retiring that stupid conference playoff ban on departing schools), but, it needs full members with football, and needs to stop picking up associate members. At this point, CAAF is made up of 7 affiliates and 5 full members. It should be flipped at 5/7, but that's all the non-fb private schools making it bad for Stony and Albany (and iirc, Albany turned down a full membership because of the Stony block?). Really, the trio of Drexel, Northeastern, and Hofstra should have a CTJ talk with the rest of the body. Play at MAAC or NEC-like levels...you probably belong there.

Northeastern's probably the worst of the group. They, like Boston, really wanted the Patriot League, but then scrapped football...only to see Boston scrap it and still getting an invite. Chances BU would help get Northeastern in as is? Zilch. Chances the rest of Patsy would put BU in its place if Northeastern had football, which is ripping Patriot up internally because it needs members?
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RE: America East, A-10 and CAA consolidate?
(01-12-2018 10:43 AM)The Cutter of Bish Wrote:  Chances the rest of Patsy would put BU in its place if Northeastern had football, which is ripping Patriot up internally because it needs members?

I talked briefly to the Richmond president about CAA football, and he seemed to feel that JMU might make the move soon to FBS. If that happened, he felt UR would have to assess their options for which league they wanted to affiliate with. I mentioned that I hoped he was talking to W&M and Nova about it, and he smiled at me. I would not be shocked for UR and VU to be football affiliates in the PL, and for W&M to either be the same or a full member.
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RE: America East, A-10 and CAA consolidate?
Richmond and W&M should look toward the SoCon if CAA Football is left is need
01-12-2018 01:16 PM
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RE: America East, A-10 and CAA consolidate?
(01-12-2018 01:16 PM)Yosef Himself Wrote:  Richmond and W&M should look toward the SoCon if CAA Football is left is need

Richmond more likely would petition the Patriot or join with the Northeast-facing CAA schools (presumably an American East football conference.) Of this year's freshman class, 41 percent come from the Mid-Atlantic and New England, while 34 percent come from the South, which is deceptive because the South includes Virginia. Take the home state out and I'd be willing to wager that the South's percentage takes a precipitous drop.
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RE: America East, A-10 and CAA consolidate?
It's no secret the Patriot League wants all three of those schools' football (and UNH's). It's no secret the answer will be a firm "no" until the Patriot does something about AI.

The fear in PL is handing over schollies to jocks and meat-heads when even their buddies over in the Ivy aren't so formal...because they don't offer athletic scholarships. Added bureaucracy to schools that are already very exclusive. It's really needless, but, when these schools have such low opinions about athletes and academic merit...it's a turn-off.
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RE: America East, A-10 and CAA consolidate?
(01-12-2018 10:43 AM)The Cutter of Bish Wrote:  CAA needs to do a few things (let's start by retiring that stupid conference playoff ban on departing schools), but, it needs full members with football, and needs to stop picking up associate members. At this point, CAAF is made up of 7 affiliates and 5 full members. It should be flipped at 5/7, but that's all the non-fb private schools making it bad for Stony and Albany (and iirc, Albany turned down a full membership because of the Stony block?). Really, the trio of Drexel, Northeastern, and Hofstra should have a CTJ talk with the rest of the body. Play at MAAC or NEC-like levels...you probably belong there.

CAAF is a separate, single-sport conference in which all members are full members, much like the MVFC. The Colonial name is on the door, but Maine and Rhode Island have membership status identical to JMU and Delaware.
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RE: America East, A-10 and CAA consolidate?
Here is what I would like to see
1. UNCW and Charleston join A10 taking St Louis and Dayton's spots who join the Big East

2. Northeastern taking UMass' spot in the A10 after they join an all sports FBS conference

This would give the A10
Northeastern, URI, Fordham, St Bony, Duquesne, LaSalle, and St Joe's in the North AND
GW, GMU, VCU, Richmond, Davidson, UNCW, and Charleston in the South.

3. The CAA adds Stony Brook, Albany, and Central Connecticut St for all sports giving them full control of the FCS conference giving them 8 for football and 10 for all sports
CCSU, Albany, Stony Brook, Hofstra, Drexel, Delaware, Towson, JMU, William and Mary, Elon
Football affiliates would be Richmond, Villanova, URI, Maine, UNH, and #14 Monmouth currently in Big South

4. The now 7 team American East either takes 1 from the now 9 NEC to get both leagues at a stable 8 or the American East upgrades another D2 school like they previously did with UMass Lowell
01-14-2018 11:23 PM
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RE: America East, A-10 and CAA consolidate?
Solo: that's a terrific idea!
01-14-2018 11:31 PM
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