Georgia State’s ability to play in Colonial Athletic Association tournaments next year has been decided, but the conference said on Wednesday that isn’t ready to announce the news until after a few more points have been clarified.
Commissioner Tom Yeager has been tasked with finding those solutions after the conference’s presidents had their summer meeting in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. Yeager said the questions are more operational in manner than legal, and that he hopes to have the answers within the next two days.
During the D.C. meeting, GSU President Dr. Mark Becker and Old Dominion President John Broderick asked their counterparts to allow their schools, which are leaving for new conferences next year, to play in the CAA’s postseason tournaments in 2012-13. The conference’s bylaws exclude schools that have resigned from being allowed to play. GSU and ODU contend that the schools can decide when their resignations are effective. Allowing the resignations to go into effect June 30, 2013 would allow them to play in all of the conference championship tournaments.
Yeager described the presidents as engaged during Becker’s and Broderick’s presentations. After they were asked to leave, Yeager said there was a very detailed discussion, which resulted in a few more questions.
“There are a lot of different factors that come into play,” he said. “We want to make sure everyone is fully aware of what may also be involved.”
Becker declined to comment on Wednesday, referring to a statement he issued Tuesday that included, “We look forward to receiving an answer when a decision is finalized.”
Should the CAA decline Georgia State’s request, Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson said on Wednesday his league hasn’t discussed allowing Georgia State to join one year earlier than originally decided.
In other news from the CAA meeting (straight from the press release):
• Approved the creation and start-up funding for a comprehensive CAA digital network hosted by the conference’s new media partner, the NBC Sports Group.
• Received and endorsed the status report on efforts to increase conference membership.
• Revised the revenue distribution plan to increase the financial reward for institutions achieving the performance criteria in men’s basketball.
• Voted to increase the base withdrawal fee for a departing institution under liquidated damages to $1 million dollars. This increase does not apply to institutions that have already announced their withdrawal from the conference.