A couple reasons: Folks outside
Bernard Muir at Delaware,
Muir, who worked at
Unlike those other CAA schools that are content with mediocrity and munching like termites to tear down the league from within.
Hathaway, who worked at the University of Calhoun & Auriemma from 2003-11, doesn't officially start at Hofstra until June 1. He was unavailable because, presumably, he is learning to navigate the Hempstead Turnpike and bouncing on the office furniture before jetting to league meetings in Hilton Head.
Waddell, bless his accessible, chatty heart, spent more than a few minutes discussing the CAA's present and future.
"I think we can emerge from this so much better than we were before," Waddell said. "For us to be successful, everybody is going to have to compromise a little bit and we're going to have to think big-picture. We can't get caught up in, is this a good basketball move, or is this a good football move? We have to consider if it's a good conference move."
Waddell worked five years as associate athletic director at
Waddell acknowledged that the league has taken a hit with the departures of
"The opportunities are there," he said. "I don't know the magic number (of conference membership) — if it's 12 or 14 or 16. If it's 16, I think we can do some really cool things. If it's 16, it gives us some real flexibility and can open up some new markets. What you don't want to do is expand too little now and not be prepared in case there's another round of movement."
Waddell talked about moving the basketball tournament out of Richmond. He said the new TV deal with NBCSports is a potential game-changer. He watched with great interest as the Big East was raided not once, but twice, by the
"You can't be reactive in this," he said, "but you don't have to be over-the-top pro-active, either. We have a great TV deal, in terms of exposure, a great national platform for what I think is the best mid-major conference in the country. I think we use that as the No. 1 carrot."
Waddell said the CAA must look both north and south and must address basketball and football membership.
"If we're not looking at basketball first, we're making a mistake," he said. "Without a doubt, basketball has to be the driving force. Now, there are exceptions to every rule. If we have a chance to add a power brand that plays other sports and opens up other markets, I think you have to look at that. But I think strong basketball has to be the priority."
Towson is one of only four remaining CAA members that plays basketball and football. The others are Delaware,
However, Waddell said that's where compromise and collegiality can come into play as the CAA ponders replacement and expansion candidates.