As the Arena Pulse has extensively covered the losses the Colonial Athletic Association has and will be suffering this season, it’s time to change focus of our attention to the present and future of the conference.
After losing Virginia Commonwealth, Old Dominion and Georgia State to opposing conferences, it’s now the CAA’s turn to recruit school’s to join their conference.
The CAA is expected to pursue Charleston and Davidson out of the Southern Conference and possibly Stony Brook out of the America East.
In 2011-2012, the Charleston Cougars went 19-12 overall and 10-8 in their conference. While they’re a few years removed from the Stephen Curry era, Davidson is still a prominent school in the college basketball realm. Last season, the Wildcats earned am impressive 25-8 record overall and went 16-2 during their conference games. Both schools would instantly increase the level of competition in the CAA.
Last year, Stony Brook went 22-10 overall while winning the American East regular season with a 14-2 conference record. Unfortunately, the Seahawks fell to Vermont in the Conference Championship game. BU was also successful earning a 16-16 overall record and earned a 12-4 record in the conference.
The CAA will probably add at least three teams to the conference. If they are successful, that would bring the total schools in their Association to 10. But, if the conference’s odd-numbered team postseason tournament runs smoothly this March, you may just see them extend a fourth invitation as well.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for the Arena Pulse at Rant Sports. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @fischsportsline.