It has been more than two weeks since Georgia State learned that it won’t be allowed to play in the Colonial Athletic Association’s postseason tournaments.
Many assumed that GSU President Dr. Mark Becker and athletic director Cheryl Levick would immediately contact the Sun Belt, which they are supposed to join in the fall of 2013 and is the reason why they can’t play in the CAA tourneys, and ask if they can go ahead and become members in as many sports as possible.
If they have, no one’s saying. Becker continues to use the vague “GSU is exploring possibilities” answer. Levick, who returned to work on Monday after a vacation, is declining to comment. Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson has also declined to comment.
It strikes me as odd that no one will comment, especially considering that the CAA news is out. There’s really no affecting that decision now. There could be several reasons why no one will comment:
1. There’s no reason to because GSU isn’t trying to join early. That doesn’t seem to be probable.
2. There’s a fear that the CAA could sue GSU should it leave early. I asked commissioner Tom Yeager during the conference call two weeks ago if that was a possibility and he didn’t seem to think so, but things change.
3. No one wants to say anything until they are sure that GSU can be absorbed into the Sun Belt. The Sun Belt plays more conference games (20) than the CAA (18) in basketball, so that could take a while to sort out, particularly because the Sun Belt’s conference schedule was already done. This seems to be the most logical reason for the hush-hush approach.
But I’d like to hear your thoughts, so let’s have them below…
– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu