George Mason’s departure from the Colonial Athletic Association contributes to the dismantlement of a once-strong league that has lost the three members that defined it. With VCU, Old Dominion, and GMU representing the three major population centers of the Virginia-centric conference, what is now the identity of the CAA?
Commissioner Tom Yeager gave few hints on Monday where the league might go. But after saying he would not discuss future targets, he referenced a team that sounded a lot like Florida Gulf Coast.
“Things can happen,” Yeager said. “We’ve got a team in the Sweet 16 that’s been eligible like two years. Don’t think for a second – please don’t attribute that like they’re an expansion candidate – but right things can happen in places and have tremendous results.”
Playing in the one-bid Atlantic Sun Conference with teams such as Mercer, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb, and USC Upstate, is a geographic fit for Florida Gulf Coast, but does little for the school’s visibility.
Joining the CAA — which still includes Drexel, Hofstra, Northeastern, James Madison, and incoming College of Charleston — would be a step up for Florida Gulf Coast. The move would make sense considering the school doesn’t play football.
As for the CAA, it would help stop the bleeding in a conference that appears adrift and potentially draw other teams interested in advancing.