Should VCU and Mason depart, it would rob the CAA of two of its three strongest basketball programs in recent years and could severely impact the conference as it moves forward with membership and a new TV contract with the
A depleted CAA also might prompt
The New York Post reported mid-day Friday that VCU, George Mason and likely
A VCU official flatly denied the report to
But sources said that VCU and George Mason are indeed seriously considering joining the A-10. The A-10, whose offices are located in Newport News, is a higher-profile basketball conference than the CAA. That league, which routinely sends multiple teams to the
Temple's departure leaves the A-10 with 13 schools and a footprint that stretches from
Several weeks ago, Yeager strongly denied a CBSSports.com report that had VCU and Mason considering the Atlantic 10 and said that the CAA membership was committed and intact. However, just days later
Georgia State's impending departure leaves the CAA as an 11-team league, stretching from Boston (
Conference realignment has trickled down from the major Division I, FBS leagues to the mid-major conferences as schools seek favorable football and basketball affiliations.
In the wake of Georgia State's announced departure, Yeager and CAA officials discussed raising the exit fee from $250,000 to $1 million. But an attempt to get school presidents on a conference call to vote on the measure fizzled when only one president was available. Exit fees will be discussed at a later date.
The Atlantic 10 could be further affected as Charlotte seeks a home for its fledgling football program. The 49ers want to play FBS-level football following a transition period, and the A-10 doesn't sponsor the sport. That could push Charlotte toward the Sun Belt or Conference USA as an all-sport home, thus potentially opening a spot if the A-10 wants an even number of schools.