"It's not going to be talking about individual institutions as much as structure," Yeager said Thursday. "It's not an agenda as much as a think tank kind of opportunity to get together and share some ideas and be creative."
Yeager called the special meeting — separate from the conference's regularly scheduled get-togethers — and said the group will discuss topics such as the optimum number of teams and various strategies moving forward.
"Conferences seem to be getting larger,"
The CAA is in transition after
The league recently shored up its football component by adding Stony Brook and Albany, beginning in 2013. Also,
There's been speculation about a number of schools that the CAA has targeted for expansion. College of Charleston officials are the only ones to publicly acknowledge that they've discussed the ramifications of leaving the Southern Conference for the CAA.
Yeager again expressed some frustration that expansion hasn't been completed. He said the aim is still to add a school, or schools, for the 2013-14 academic year. But he said that traditional deadlines for schools and leagues have shifted in recent years. Notably, VCU and the A-10 made that move happen in a matter of months.
"I've thought we should have had it done long before now," Yeager said. "I feel good that there's progress being made with some of the people we're talking to, and even within our own thinking, in some instances.
"I don't think you want to set up artificial dates that may force decisions, good or bad, before they're ready to be made. You want everybody to feel 100 percent comfortable. At the same time, these things can't go on forever. You reach a point where there's nothing left to talk about. Either you think it's a good idea or you don't and you make a decision."
From the CAA's end, the process continues Friday.
"The opportunity to sit in a room for a few hours and to really get into some stuff and have a chance to fully explore some things, it's really valuable," Driscoll said. "Generally, when we have our meetings, a lot of the things we do don't rise to the level where the presidents need to be involved. But they're engaged, we're engaged and this is a topic that they remain very interested in.