GSU not giving up on playing in CAA tournaments — updated

Georgia State’s desire to compete in Colonial Athletic Association championship tournaments received very little support from the conference’s athletic directors at their annual meeting in Hilton Head earlier this week.

The Panthers are leaving the CAA for the Sun Belt Conference in 2013, in part to further the development of their football team. CAA bylaws state schools that are leaving are ineligible to compete in its tournaments. It is believed to be the only conference in the NCAA to have this rule. However, the bylaws also state that the remaining conference members have the right to determine whether the school that is leaving can participate in the conference championships during the upcoming year.

Citing that provision, GSU president Dr. Mark Becker will ask his conference counterparts to vote to allow them to compete through June 30, 2013 on Tuesday during the conference’s annual presidents meetings in Washington D.C.

According to the CAA constitution, a three-fourths vote will be needed to allow Georgia State and Old Dominion, which is leaving for Conference USA in 2013 (football will join in 2015), to participate in tournaments, including men’s and women’s basketball. Becker and ODU president John Broderick won’t be allowed to vote, meaning seven of the nine voting members must agree.

Should the presidents either decline to vote or vote against Georgia State, the Panthers’ only chance to make NCAA tournaments will come from at-large berths.

“We believe it’s only fair for our student-athletes and coaches to play,” athletic director Cheryl Levick said.

Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson said he hopes GSU’s effort is rewarded.

“I find it hard to believe that student-athletes would be compromised by the ever-changing landscape of conference realignment,” he said. “While the Sun Belt would like to accommodate Georgia State’s student-athletes, I hope the Colonial Athletic Association will reconsider its decision.”

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

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June 10th, 2012
4:17 pm

The CAA doesn’t care about GSU.


June 10th, 2012
5:04 pm

The CAA is taking out its frustration on GSU. It’s not our fault your conference might be shut down.

A person SMART enough to know......

June 10th, 2012
7:04 pm

Why let GaState make more money by playing in the tourneys if they are leaving.
The CAA also hops it will make recruits think twice about choosing GaState and maybe pick another CAA school.
Don’t hate the Politics now after GaState already played it’s hand.

Everyone that didn't go to G-S-U is G-A-Y!

June 10th, 2012
8:10 pm

GSU should join the Sun Belt immediately. The CAA can go to hell.

GSU Men's BB Fan

June 10th, 2012
8:41 pm

Doug – Is Benson’s comment: “While the Sun Belt would like to accommodate Georgia State’s student-athletes…” code for the Sun Belt will accept GSU’s non-football sports for the 2012-2013 season if the CAA won’t budge?

Has Georgia State considered the possibility of pulling a VCU, and leaving now?


June 10th, 2012
9:34 pm

F the VAA. They are a bunch of losers. I feel sorry for the kids but even if they play and win, when they tell their children “I won a CAA conference Tournament” their kids will look it up on the internet and realize the CAA was disbanded way back in 2015,,,,,, Let’s move on and never look back.

Go Panthers!

June 10th, 2012
10:12 pm


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June 10th, 2012
11:38 pm

Who in the Virgina does the CAA think they are? The only school in NCAA to enforce this rule?!?!?! Your days are numbered Yeager.


June 11th, 2012
8:07 am

@SMART 1. GSU playing in the tournament would only make money for CAA as GSU has forfeited their conference money (not receiving any for the 2011-12 season already). 2. Our recruiting class has been finalized… and it’s amazing. 3. The CAA is the only conference which doesn’t allow a departing school to participate in conference tournaments. Although I’m sure the school was aware of this, I doubt many fans were. The Admin isn’t “hating.” They’re doing their due diligence to provide the best for their student-athletes.


June 11th, 2012
8:25 am

There is also things at work that Georgia State has little control over. The northeastern schools (Delaware, Towson, Northeastern) would not really mind if the 2012-13 CAA Tourney in Richmond was poorly attended as the contract with the Richmond Coliseum ends after the 2014 Tournament.

There will be seven teams in Richmond and the embarrassment for not only the CAA but CAA Commish Tom Yeager will be tremendous (and could cost Yeager his job). The other CAA ADs are not happy at how poorly he has handled the exits of VCU and ODU. He denied conversations even happening between these schools and their new conferences. Reactive commissioners kill conferences.

Ron Allen

June 11th, 2012
9:04 am

I don’t have trouble with ODU being eligible neither would I have trouble with GSU. It would only be fair.


June 11th, 2012
9:38 am

Whether or not the Horizon League had such a rule in its bylaws, Butler was forced to speed up its move to the A-10, after the Horizon League voted not to allow Butler to compete for league championships in 2012-2013.These votes indicate just how insecure some of the lesser leagues are as realignment progresses. If the CAA wanted to repair its image, the CAA would contact the Sun Belt to ask that they take GSU immediately and then would allow ODU to play for CAA championships in 2012-2013 in order to have 8 teams for its men’s and wome’s basketball tourneys.


June 11th, 2012
9:55 am

@Tucker The tough thing to know and/or measure with Butler is how fast would they move if they sponsored football. For them, it was a basketball decision as A10 is a better league top to bottom than the Horizon.

For Georgia State and ODU, the decision was primarily driven by football. I have no doubt that when the vote is made that men’s basketball will be prepared for the postseason in 2012-13 CAA Tourney or not.

A person SMART enough to know......

June 11th, 2012
10:34 am

Football is boring.

Mike S

June 11th, 2012
3:31 pm

But why is Bill Curry playing the sherriff in those Five Hour Energy Drink commercials?


June 12th, 2012
8:44 am

Is GSU concerned about being left out of football playoffs? It would be funny if they thought they had a shot


June 12th, 2012
9:00 am

ODU, you’re right on with that. Funny that they kept making all these statements about being the next big thing in football yet they didn’t even get a sniff at the top 25 preseason rankings. I am (like most of my other Georgia Southern friends) looking forward to another passionate battle in the playoffs this year with you guys.

Good luck this year. Your QB will have a field day against those little kittens from State this year.

GSU is in Atlanta

June 12th, 2012
9:56 am

@Mike S that is pretty good! Always entertaining to come on the blogs and read stuff like you posted.

A person SMART enough to know......

June 12th, 2012
12:02 pm

GStateBen is on the recruiting Blogs…….Could you guys come get him? GaState has a lot of growing to do before GSATEBEN needs to be running his mouth on recruiting blogs.


June 12th, 2012
2:11 pm

Much of this conference movement is about money, not student athletes. It doesn’t surprise me that the conference that is getting left behind limits the opportunities of a school that is moving away. I’d guess that the CAA would gladly let GSU compete if it was financially advantageous to the league.

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