How VCU’s decision affects GSU and the CAA

Colonial Athletic Association commissioner Tom Yeager held a teleconference to discuss today’s news that Virginia Commonwealth is leaving for the Atlantic 10, effective immediately. Of course, Georgia State announced last month that is leaving the CAA for the Sun Belt, effective 2013-14.

Here’s a few of the salient points that I assume are of the most interest to you, the Georgia State fan:

1. He said there are still enough teams to host an 18-game conference schedule in men’s basketball. How that schedule will be put together will be discussed at the conference meetings, which be held June 2-7 in Hilton Head.

2. Other sports will likely fall short of having enough teams to complete a schedule.

3. GSU President Dr. Mark Becker has asked for the bylaw that excludes teams that are leaving from participating in conference tournaments to be reviewed. It will be reviewed at the president’s meeting, which be June 12. Yeager said he is fine with whatever the presidents decide, which leaves the door open that the Panthers could play in the CAA tournament, which is locked into Richmond through 2014.

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu

10 comments Add your comment

RidgeRunner

May 15th, 2012
5:19 pm

And we have yet to hear from ODU and how they will proceed.

GSU is in Atlanta

May 15th, 2012
7:05 pm

Doug,

Any reason why we did not leave the CAA immediately for the Sun Belt, just like VCU is leaving for the A-10? CAA Football is different from the rest of the CAA, so we know that isn’t the issue.

Doug Roberson

May 15th, 2012
7:25 pm

Have to be approved by the ncaa first, which won’t happen until june at earliest. Football schedules were already done

GSU is in Atlanta

May 15th, 2012
9:26 pm

Doug,

Do you think we will take the route of joining the Sun Belt or stick with the CAA for one more year.

hot diggity dawg

May 15th, 2012
9:37 pm

You guys may as well jump to the ACC, they’re getting ready to lose FSU, VT, Clemson, and The U.

Panther Princess

May 16th, 2012
1:13 am

ODU can’t quite make their mind up to leave the floundering VAA.I don’t get it! I guess they can’t find the guts to compete in CUSA or Yeager has a financial hold on the Monarchs? Either way they better make the move because the VAA is slowly losing their beloved top Virginia teams and time is running out for ODU’s big opportunity!

Doug Roberson

May 16th, 2012
7:12 am

Ive asked about making the move up immediately and was told that GSU will stay in the CAA. I’ll try to see if yesterday’s events changed that thinking. I would think it could only be done in the non-rev sports at this point.

GSPanther

May 16th, 2012
12:25 pm

Doug Markus Crider 3 star has signed his national letter of intent for basketball, he had some big offers coming out of hs and prep school. Just a heads up.

GStateBen

May 16th, 2012
3:18 pm

@GSPanther He got it: http://blogs.ajc.com/georgia-state-sports/2012/05/14/hunter-lands-another-big-man-mausau-signs/

Also, I’m very interested to see the CAA Presidents decisions now. If it really is about the student athletes, then why disqualify Georgia State from all championships. It waters down all sports including your revenue sports and with UNCW and Towson already ineligible for the CAA Tourney because of APR issues, the event would have 9 teams compete. Not good for business or anyone involved to send some type of message to disclude us.

If Yeager and the CAA Presidents are truly that petty, they are sending a resounding message of weakness across the college landscape and to future members.

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