Late last week it was announced that the CAA is on the hunt within the SoCon.
Reported targets? App State, Davidson and College of Charleston.
In terms of competition, all three make sense. App is a football power. Davidson and CofC are bball forces.
Geographically, maybe not. The CAA is primarily a northeastern league, with only a couple teams (for now) below the Virginia state line – UNC Wilmington and soon-to-depart Georgia State. Travel costs will be discussed, no doubt.
The Boone paper was quick to call the Mountaineer AD office. The sports info director is quoted as saying, “There are no new developments in Appalachian’s ongoing pursuit of a conference that sponsors FBS football.”
Of course, that depends on what the meaning of “are” .. er .. is.
Davidson and CofC both remain quiet, at least on the published news front.
With regard to the cat teams, the question seems to be whether any potential increase in revenues outweighs the travel cost. (We also add that we doubt McKilljoy’s ego would allow him to go from big fish to medium fish. No way)
The CAA is becoming known as a multi-bid team to the NCAAs. The more teams that go, the more money for the league. Given that the SoCon is a traditional one-team league, a move means a chance for more revenue.
If Davidson and CofC bolt, the absences would seem to benefit App State …. kinda. Someone has to win the league title, and getting rid of two respectable RPI programs makes that road a bit easier for everyone.
Is there any reason to think App State would entertain a CAA move? We doubt it.
We get the impression athletics is truly in FBS or bust mode. It would be a massive blow to the ego to make what would be a lateral move. There’s also that crazy new exit fee initiated by the CAA. You go there, you’re there to stay.
It does seem that the CAA is desperate for teams now. If the SoConers say no thanks, the invite machine goes elsewhere.
Meanwhile, App State and Stink look to leave the SoCon ASAP. We don’t see any announcements coming anytime soon, which leaves the SoCon in a tight spot.
Sure, the CAA doesn’t poach your teams, but it will probably nab decent programs from elsewhere. When the Mountaineers and Eagles go, the replacements will have to come from the CAA’s picked through pile.
That, more than whether three schools could leave now, should be worrying the SoCon.