Thought I would pass along the latest rumors. Please note I said rumors. Charlotte is going to be invited to the CAA for football only. This one has me scratching my head but since they don't start football until 2013, I have to think it will be 2015 before they would enter the conference. This leads me to believe the CAA is going to lose a number of members between now and then. This would cause the CAA to be more aggressive with extending its membership.
The conference had 10 members last year. With URI, UMass, Maine, Nova and UNH all being rumored to be leaving and only ODU & GSU joining, that leaves the CAA with 7 football schools. Now, 6 are all sports schools so that is good but 7 schools is thin for football. If JMU, ODU and UD were to leave for FBS, CAA football would be dead. The conference is going to have to bring in some new schools to keep football alive.
The next rumor is that App St has received a written invitation to join CUSA. They have a committee reviewing the invitation to determine if the costs of CUSA are worth the jump from the So Con. Joining FBS is not a done deal for the Mountaineers. CUSA will greatly increase travel costs. The conference's instability is also of concern.
It is rumored that SMU holds the rights to the old Southwest Conference name and could revive that conference with the western CUSA schools and Tulane, Memphis and S. Miss. This would leave the east coast schools with the CUSA name but not enough schools to keep the conference alive.
Thought my fellow zonies might be interested in the latest rumor mill. Should be a lot of news coming out of the next few months. June 30th is always the bewitching date for schools notifying conferences of affiliation change.