Yesterday, when the Davidson Wildcats declined the Colonial Athletic Association officials’ invitation to join the conference, many lost a bit of hope that the league would be able to find an institution to join the CAA for the 2013-2014. Now, after multiple sources within the CAA and national media outlets have reported exciting news, league officials now expect that the College of Charleston will vote to accept an invitation to join the CAA.
The final decision will be made when the board of trustees at Charleston deliberate and finalize their opinions during a scheduled 9:30AM Eastern Time vote on Saturday morning. The board will follow up the meeting with a public announcement on the conclusion regarding the standing invitation.
There have been no official statements made by Southern Conference Commissioneror any Charleston board officials to this point about the likelihood school’s possible move. However, Commissioner Iamarino did say that the school’s Southern Conference exit fee for leaving without two years’ notice would be $600,000.
Also, it has been publicized that if Charleston does decide to leave the Southern, the Cougars would still be eligible to play in the conference’s postseason tournament. Unlike this decision, The CAA, has banned Old Dominion and Georgia State from participating in this spring’s postseason conference tournament as they leave for C-USA and the Sun Belt conferences following the season.
The Cougars would potentially be the 10th team in the CAA in the 2013-2014 season.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @fischsportsline.