CAA is discussing increasing exit fee to $1 million

Colonial Athletic Association commissioner Tom Yeager told that Georgia State and the Sun Belt Conference are “pretty far down the road,” but he doesn’t know what the outcome will be.

If Georgia State were to leave, Yeager said he would try to replace them. The Panthers have been members of the conference in 2005. They will play their first conference football schedule this year.

If Georgia State is going to leave, it may need to do so quickly.

Yeager said there is a conference call scheduled on Tuesday for the presidents and athletic directors to discuss raising the exit fee from $250,000 to at least $1 million. It will take a two-thirds vote to pass.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

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April 4th, 2012
4:27 pm

Find it very difficult to believe that UNCW, Old Dominion, VCU and George Mason approve this.

IMO, Hofstra and Northeastern are not long for the CAA as well considering travel inequality.


April 4th, 2012
4:31 pm

The VAA sucks and Yeager caused the exdus from mismanagement. PS, what in the heck are these conferences getting paid for anyway, seems a little like a pyramid scheme to me. Hell, the AD’s work out the schedules, I’m sure individual schools could negotiate TV contracts (i.e. Texas), why bother being in a conference at all?


April 4th, 2012
4:32 pm

Excuse me… But the SBC is the best conference in the world if there has to be one……


April 4th, 2012
4:40 pm

Hofstra and Northeastern will be no big loss for the CAA, just as Georgia State isn’t. The top performing hoops schools have been the VA schools – Mason, VCU and ODU. Drexel. The schools that are farther away from the CAA’s mid-Atlantic home base and have not historically been successful will naturally think of alternatives. Can’t blame the CAA for trying to hit them more financially so they think a little harder about it before making a move.

Even though GSU, Hofstra and Northeastern haven’t contributed much to the CAA, it’s still a time-consuming and costly process to go about finding a replacement.


April 4th, 2012
4:46 pm

Started to say Drexel had a banner year for them this year, but only managed an NIT bid. Basketball drives the league so there aren’t many irreplaceable teams and the top teams in the league aren’t going anywhere.

Georgia State will have an easier time competing in hoops in the Sun Belt and obviously this move is all about football, but I don’t see anything wrong with what the CAA is doing. Should have initiated this long before GSU thought of leaving.


April 4th, 2012
5:41 pm

On that midnight train to Georgia…..


April 4th, 2012
6:37 pm

Once in SBC it will he harder to recruit BB players of the quality in the CAA. Could see one or both BB coaches leave. A big reason for them coming was CAA level competition.

However, it does seem there are couple pretty good teams in SBC and if they were to continue on the upswing then maybe we could get a high level of competition that would retain CRH long term and continued very good players that demand that kind of competition.

Panther Pride

April 4th, 2012
10:00 pm

I believe being in the CAA for bball purposes is a bit overstated. It is a solid conference for bball without a doubt but even this year, when the conference had multiple good teams, only one (VCU) made it to the NCAA tourney.

SBC may not be up to snuff in bball but you may have a better chance at making repeated trips to the tourney (think Gonzaga when they first got it going over a decade ago). Winning will bring in good recruits, not necessarily the conference you play in when it comes to bball.

The CAA is not worth being in if you’re going to play quality competition but still only get one tourney bid and maybe two in an extremely lucky year. Drexel definitely deserved to be in the tourney and they still got snubbed.


April 4th, 2012
10:04 pm

Greg you’re an IDIOT! The ATL is the biggest market you will never have again!!!!!! Basketball drives a COLLEGE sports league? Sorry dude but I’m guessing you are not from KENTUCKY or even a close comparison. WE are talking about FOOTBALL IN THE SOUTH and the VAA is done as far as that is concerned. Go back to your little boy football and dream on. We are going FBS and by the way you can count on small payouts and maybe you can play GASO for the little boy championship, We will be getting big pay days and eventually rocking the PANTHER DOME IN THE ATL! CIAO

Mike S

April 4th, 2012
10:42 pm

GSUAlumBaseball81- you continually prove you are a small man by constantly mocking or belittling or name calling anyone whose opinion is different than your own. If 81 represents your graduation year, you sure have not matured very much in your 50+ years. Now prove my point by unloading on me!


April 4th, 2012
11:42 pm

Funny you should mention Kentucky. I was actually born in Louisville and most of my family went to UK. I’ve been to my share of Louisville and Kentucky games. What this has to do with anything, I have no idea. I’m not belittling you because you pull for athletic teams from Georgia State although it would be very easy to do…and fun to do in your case since you’re such a classy guy.


April 5th, 2012
1:25 am

I keep reading repeated trips to the tourney for GSU when you join the SBC. What in the world would give any GSU fan the thought of going ONCE much less repeated trips. Sure the CAA is more top heavy than the SBC but not by much now that WKU is back after a very rare 2 year downturn…but we still won the SBC in one of our worse seasons.

8th winningest program in the NCAA
22 NCAA Appearances
44 conference champions
29 All Americans
18…25+win seasons
40…20+ win seasons


April 5th, 2012
5:13 am

WKU=WTF……Bowling Green, lol

Panther Pride

April 5th, 2012
6:58 am

Repeated trips to NCAA is not automatic for any team that does not come from one of the bigger conferences but the chances of doing that is much larger in the SBC than CAA. Having to go up against one quality opponent in a conference is much easier than having to go up against 3-4 quality teams at the top of the conference.

But I do have respect for WKU, I saw what Felton did for y’all and that’s why UGA picked him up (though he failed down here in Georgia). Hopefully we’ll be having this discussion often in the next few years if GSU makes the move…good luck to ya WKUYG

GSU 2015

April 5th, 2012
11:21 am


April 5th, 2012
5:08 pm

How embarrassing is it to be a fan of georgia southern these days. I should know. I am one,.
Since ga state started their program, most Ga Southern fans and adminstrators have spent that entire time belittling the ga state program. If you doubt that , then just go read a few of the hundred or so threads on disparaging everything State has done. Ga Southern fans used to have balls and attitude. Now we are mostly diminished to a group of petty and jealous rubes, taking pot shots at any program that attempts to move up to FBS. It is so sad to see what incompetent A.D. Sam Baker has done to this once proud program. What’s even sadder, is the way GA Southern fans eat up Baker’s excuses like cheese grits from Snooky’s. The culture around the Ga Southern athletic program has changed completely since I graduated in 1996. The Eagle fanbase has been reduced to wimpy group of non-risk takers who simply parrot every single excuse that comes out of our woefully inept Athletic department.
If you had told me in 1996 that Ga Southern would not be the 3rd I-A/FBS team in the state of Georgia, I wouldve mocked you. Little did we know in 1996 that we had just hired quite possibly the worst athetic director in division I, Mr. Sam Baker.
All Georgia Southern fans should be humiliated by this Ga State move up. As much as I hate the result, I respect Ga State and its adminstration for having the vision and guts to set bold goals, and achieve them. The irony is that Ga Southern, was the original upstart in this state; bucking the naysayers and breaking new ground for a start up program, Ga State took a page right our of the Ga Southern blueprints. My how times have changed.
Let it be known that I am tired of the little boy football that is FCS. what more is there for Ga Southern to accomplish at this level? Congrats to Ga State for putting my alma mater to shame, and for sending our idiot fanbase into a delusional frenzy of utter denial.
Peace out.


April 5th, 2012
7:36 pm

So app st has spent millions and millions yet they have no invite from any FBS conference. The Sun Belt is after the TV market of State, they have no tradition in any sport, their facilities are pathetic. The baseball stadium is 20 miles from campus in the ghetto and it’s not much better a high school stadium. They rent the Dome and can’t afford the money to rent it for the Spring Game. They get bumped in favor of Falcons pre season games and major college football games.

State: Bold? Yes. Aggressive? Yes Successful? No

Did you read the board minutes on the GSU website? Our “rich” alumni have the ability to give $36M to the capital campaign yet when asked how much they’d give, it was $2M. Overall the alumni have the ability to give $170M+ yet fundraising has been going so poor that the goal has been lowered to $120M and may get lowered to $100M.


April 5th, 2012
7:58 pm

RU4GSU. Baseball stadium in the ghetto? It happens to be located in a nice residential area in the second most affluent African American community in the country. I know that you aren’t used to seeing black folk in Statesboro but seeing more than 5 of us at once doesn’t make the neighborhood ghetto.

Chicken Bone

April 6th, 2012
10:55 am

Opie Georgia Southern, You’re spot on and it is unbelievable what has happened in the last four years with GSU athletics. From President Becker on down throughout our organization we have hired the right people to make this happen. The future is very bright and plans are in the works for many more improvements! Erk Russell, IMO, is one of the GREATS in Georgia College Football history and when he left UGA for Georgia Southern it was a shocker to most DAWG fans! Maybe your Athletics Department will wake up and take the Eagles to FBS. Would still like to face off someday on the gridiron.


April 6th, 2012
2:28 pm

Nah, Chicken, you don’t want any part of Southern on the football field.

Unless losing 65-0 sounds good…

That’s a real team there, unlike the joke of a team you guys keep running out there that loses to the likes of Division III schools. Lamuth? Lambuth? Lambert? Pitiful and pathetic….

Panther Princess

April 6th, 2012
5:33 pm


What really makes you go the the and select sports and then select GA STATE? Are you that miserable with life?