GSU’s CAA fate decided, but won’t be known for a few more days

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.

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

32 comments Add your comment

Panama

June 13th, 2012
1:36 pm

First

I just want it over. Clean break and lest move on

Sluggo

June 13th, 2012
1:37 pm

Not sure what to make of decision/ non announcement.

Doug Roberson

June 13th, 2012
1:40 pm

RidgeRunner

June 13th, 2012
1:48 pm

Sounds like a NO but then it is hard to read anything into it easily.

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

June 13th, 2012
2:09 pm

GSU will be a full-fledged member of the Sun Belt Conference on June 15, 2012.

J-GSU

June 13th, 2012
2:24 pm

2 days from now? Sounds good to me.

ajg-marietta

June 13th, 2012
2:29 pm

I really hope you are right, SMART.

ETA

June 13th, 2012
2:31 pm

Were you at least given a date on when they will answer the question to post season CAA tournament play. It is a yes or a no. Why must it take so long?

ETA

June 13th, 2012
2:37 pm

Doug is there a gag order imposed by Yeager? If not can you just interview Becker and ask him if we can play in the CAA tournaments?

Doug Roberson

June 13th, 2012
2:46 pm

It’s in the blog. Yeager hopes to make an announcement within the next two days.

Stickman

June 13th, 2012
2:56 pm

I think this indicates a split decision. In other words, they may be making differing decisions on ODU vs GSU and football vs other sports. Those are IMHO the details they need to review.

Doug Roberson

June 13th, 2012
3:05 pm

I’m not sure how anything can be inferred from the CAA’s statement or Yeager’s follow-up comments.

Stickman

June 13th, 2012
4:57 pm

Point taken, but seemed to be a viable reason for the delay.

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

June 13th, 2012
5:02 pm

The sooner they tell us no the sooner we can move to Plan B. Either way, time to shock the world on our way out.

#StateofShock

Bob

June 13th, 2012
5:06 pm

Regardless the football schedule is set GSU is playing a CAA schedule in 2012, and moving over to the Sunbelt in 2013.

Matt

June 13th, 2012
6:30 pm

They should just go ahead and finalize this divorce. Nothing can be done about football, but GSU’s other sports are better off playing Sun Belt schedules.

Rick James

June 13th, 2012
7:55 pm

Soon to be the best college football program in Atlanta..

English

June 13th, 2012
8:28 pm

Good work Doug. Otherwise it’s a yawn. This makes me wonder if the Sun Belt has a clause declaring teams ineligible from any post-season tournament if not recognized by the conference at a certain date otherwise why is the CAA witholding this decision? It’s almost like Yeager is trying to punish us. I’m annoyed.

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

June 13th, 2012
9:55 pm

The announcement is that ODU decided to say in the CAA, and GSU has accepted an immediate invitation to the C-USA in their place. Yeager will also announce his resignation from the CAA to become the next commissioner of the C-USA, which will expel GSU and add Agnes Scott.

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Paddy

June 14th, 2012
8:05 am

Everyone that didn’t go……… Agnes Scott will not go to CAA. They want Div 1 footbal and they want it NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They already have a few disgruntled Auburn football players ready to transfer. Agnes Scott has the upper hand on many schools. They offer home economics as a major and child care as a minor!

GSUAlumBaseball81

June 14th, 2012
6:49 pm

The VAA curse is almost over! I don’t expect any respect in this outcome and I cannot wait until our tenure in this obsolete Conference is over. Onward and upward PANTHERS! Let’s all wait and see who’s left in the VAA in 2015. And by the way PANTHER UP!!! We are the STATE in Georgia!Enrollment will be 40,000 by 2016 at GSU.

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

June 15th, 2012
4:34 pm

Still no news…

sad

June 16th, 2012
2:20 pm

ODU will be allowed to compete for the CAA title this year but you guys wont because……. YOU SUCK AND ARE AN EMBARRASSMENT FOR ANY CONFERENCE!

@Sad

June 16th, 2012
7:03 pm

Lol…says a GaSo troll. Enjoy pee-wee football for the next 30 years.

#SOCON4LIFE

Chicken Bone

June 17th, 2012
11:05 am

SMART, So then go back to the TECH blogs and keep flapping your stupid lips! lol

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

June 18th, 2012
7:51 am

English

June 18th, 2012
4:49 pm

Yeager and the CAA seem to be up to something. I’m wondering what’s the holdup. Collusion of some sorts maybe? Is there some kind of favoritism or discrimination from the CAA to the ODU and GSU camps? This delay is getting weird.

sad

June 18th, 2012
11:31 pm

Sorry…… pee-wee football involves losing to naia and d-II schools kinda like what ga st does. ODU on the other hand is competing for conf titles and making the playoffs in its 1st year of eligibility…. lets see what future suckbelt power ga st will do in the lowly caa.

@Sad

June 19th, 2012
8:39 am

The lowly Suckbelt and Georgia State University must weigh heavy on your mind for you to visit a GSU blog site and ATTEMPT to toss mud. Certainly no GSU bloggers/posters care enough to visit an ODU blog/forum or a George-Anne production. So, who are you kidding, guy?

#StateofShock

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

June 19th, 2012
2:44 pm

Still no news. CAA must be brewing something foul. C-USA should snatch up GSU and call it square.