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Stony Brook, Albany to join CAA football in 2013
The Colonial Athletic Association expansion process appears to be accelerating, with College of Charleston officials debating a move from the Southern Conference and a report that Stony Brook and Albany will join for football in 2013.
Newsday reported that Stony Brook and Albany will leave their respective leagues to join the CAA next season for football only. Stony Brook plays football in the Big South, while Albany competes in the Northeast Conference. Both are all-sports members of the NEC.
Newsday said that an official announcement is expected in the coming days.
Stony Brook and Albany would give the CAA 10 football schools for 2013. The league is losing Old Dominion and Georgia State, moving to Football Bowl Subdivision conferences, and Rhode Island, which had announced its program was moving to the NEC after the coming season.
Stony Brook and Albany also would help balance CAA football geographically. Football-only members New Hampshire and Maine had become increasingly isolated in the north after Hofstra and Northeastern shut down their programs, and Massachusetts moved its program to FBS and the Mid-American Conference.
Next season CAA football will consist of William and Mary, James Madison, Richmond, Delaware, Villanova, Towson, UNH, Maine and the two New York schools. One priority for CAA football was an eight-game conference schedule, which 10 teams provides.
Stony Brook and Albany both made the FCS playoffs last season. They played each other in the first round. Stony Brook advanced, losing the following week to eventual national finalist Sam Houston State.
College of Charleston officials met last week to discuss moving to the CAA for all sports beginning next season. They said that no decision was made, but downplayed what was believed to be the biggest concern — increased travel costs from the relatively compact Southern Conference to the broader CAA.
If College of Charleston agrees to move, it would give the CAA 10 members for all sports. VCU left the CAA for the Atlantic 10, effective this coming season. ODU and Georgia State are leaving for Conference USA and the Sun Belt, respectively.
By Dave Fairbank, Daily Press