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CAA Adopts "Extreme Flexibility Model" For Olympic Sports Scheduling In 2020-21
https://caasports.com/news/2020/5/29/gen...20-21.aspx

"The Extreme Flexibility Model (EFM) is designed to provide institutions with the opportunity to maximize cost savings relative to expenses associated with regular-season travel, while also providing student-athletes and coaches with the safest possible options when traveling to away contests."

"Decisions regarding the regular-season schedules for football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball are still under review pending the issuance of NCAA guidelines and additional internal discussion. The Conference plans to make an announcement about the schedules for those sports at a later date."

This may be a prudent business decision in these times of uncertainty with covid-19.
I hope it doesn't effect football. But it seems inevitable. Home-and-Home's with Richmond and W&M don't sound too exciting.

This is what many have been advocating for CUSA---the CAA made the move first
06-04-2020 07:42 PM
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While this may make sense in the current environment, it also seems to remove the conventional "benefits" of belonging to a conference for those sports - namely, guaranteed games/scheduling, conference rivals and the ability to declare a conference champ.

In a sense, this is almost dissolving the conference for those sports and allowing them to operate as independents. If it was more than a one year thing, it raises the question of how much value the conference provides (at least for olympic sports).
06-04-2020 08:50 PM
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(06-04-2020 08:50 PM)JMURocks Wrote:  While this may make sense in the current environment, it also seems to remove the conventional "benefits" of belonging to a conference for those sports - namely, guaranteed games/scheduling, conference rivals and the ability to declare a conference champ.

In a sense, this is almost dissolving the conference for those sports and allowing them to operate as independents. If it was more than a one year thing, it raises the question of how much value the conference provides (at least for olympic sports).
Completely Agree!!!

"While it is expected that in many instances conference institutions will compete against other league members, it will not be required that an institution play any CAA contests."

If the above is the case, for more than a year---it kind of removes those conventional conference benefits.
06-04-2020 09:02 PM
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(06-04-2020 09:02 PM)DukeThaDawg Wrote:  
(06-04-2020 08:50 PM)JMURocks Wrote:  While this may make sense in the current environment, it also seems to remove the conventional "benefits" of belonging to a conference for those sports - namely, guaranteed games/scheduling, conference rivals and the ability to declare a conference champ.

In a sense, this is almost dissolving the conference for those sports and allowing them to operate as independents. If it was more than a one year thing, it raises the question of how much value the conference provides (at least for olympic sports).
Completely Agree!!!

"While it is expected that in many instances conference institutions will compete against other league members, it will not be required that an institution play any CAA contests."

If the above is the case, for more than a year---it kind of removes those conventional conference benefits.

Pre-pandemic the present quasi-all sports (because of the football strap-ons) version of the CAA was illogical and expensive. Intra-pandemic it is illogical and unaffordable. Multiple revenue stars at multiple institutions will have to align for it to be affordable going forward. A decision point for numerous commissioners, presidents and ADs will be whether to preside over the demise of all sports conferences.

I would hate to see this happen, particularly if it is simply to maintain the CAA structure/brand for basketball. It's not that valuable.
06-05-2020 07:27 AM
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RE: CAA Adopts "Extreme Flexibility Model" For Olympic Sports Scheduling In 2020-21
I read it the same way. This is allowing members to temporarily dissolve their conference membership (not technically but from a scheduling standpoint), but only if they want to.

Meanwhile, you're crossing your fingers and hoping other schools in your geographic region want to schedule you and/or have the availability to do so? How much will it cost in guarantees, etc?

It sounds like a good intention but may not be practical. Why is keeping it regional somehow going to contain CoVID-19 better than testing and best practices would do? If plane flights are a concern, i guess just bus everywhere?
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It's very disappointing and also ironic that we have been enthusiastically talking about a regional FBS conference that we could be a part of, from some type of CUSA/Sun Belt breakaway/merger (which could still be a possibility)---when the reality is that we are more likely facing some type of reconstructed regional CAA

The hand writing was on the wall.
The Mettlen article with the, "the Dukes are fine either way" quote.
https://www.dnronline.com/sports/college...11d63.html

Then the MM article touting the wonders of an old CAA bus league. (Ghost written, imo)
https://www.richmond.com/sports/former-j...ba78a.html

Then the Elon AD talking about cost saving measures in regards to scheduling
https://www.thetimesnews.com/sports/2020...sideration

Then the CAA comes out with the EFM
https://caasports.com/news/2020/5/29/gen...20-21.aspx

I wonder who are the other CAA schools that are in the same boat as Elon?? What other CAA schools are pushing for this regional scheduling model?
I know the statement said this does not effect Football or Basketball---but I would guess that it's only a matter of time before it does. And probably sooner rather than later. Since the CAA is a Richmond headquartered league, I could see them shedding the Northeast teams in all sports football would lose (UNH,UMaine, URI, Albany, Stony Brook) and basketball would lose (Hofstra, Northeastern)

It seems the discussion should shift to some type of FCS regional league. The CAA could poach the best teams from the Big South, Southern, Ohio Valley and pick up a team from the crumbling MEAC, etc.

Covid-19 is a permanent game changer. Things will never go back to normal. It's self preservation time now.
06-05-2020 09:19 AM
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While I hope this ultimately results conference realignment - I think the odds are always against it happening at any specific time based on any specific event. I do think now is one of those times it is more likely than other times to realign, but the odds are still against it.

I think we potentially have a very busy spring athletically. I'd guess the scheduling will remain for the most part in tact (not dates, but opponents) for most schools. Outliers like a Maine may end up with a scheduling overhaul.

On the flip side is a charted plane a less safe way of travel? I don't know, but be aware there will always be more obstacles than you perceive.
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RE: CAA Adopts "Extreme Flexibility Model" For Olympic Sports Scheduling In 2020-21
People on message boards love to speculate upward movement and best scenarios for JMU, but the likelihood of a new FBS conference or a merger was always so small that most knew it wasn't a reality. Said it way back in those threads, but scheduling changes were always the most likely scenario. Figure many understood that, but people would just rather chat about the dream scenarios, which makes sense. I don't see any large realignment in the future for any conference. I don't see us dropping universities to save. Maybe CAA adds a few to aid regional scheduling, but that was a reality before covid.
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Just wait until the CAA adopt an “Extreme Flexibility with Prejudice Model”...that could spell the end of the CAA as we know it.
06-05-2020 12:51 PM
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RE: CAA Adopts "Extreme Flexibility Model" For Olympic Sports Scheduling In 2020-21
Does the CAA still opetate out of a building on Patterson (Richmond) that has had a for rent sign posted out front for 15 years?

Maybe it's time to move the CAA HQ to Godwin Hall where it belongs.
06-05-2020 07:44 PM
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RE: CAA Adopts "Extreme Flexibility Model" For Olympic Sports Scheduling In 2020-21
I'm just glad they didn't spell it "Xtreme" like they would have in the 90s.
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