Thanks to Radiofan for giving me the heads up in the AppStateNation Message Board.
RUMOR ALERT (Believe at your own risk!!): According to Matt Peloquin of CollegeSportsInfo.com, he has sources that indicate that Davidson, Charleston, Furman, & Stony Brook could ALL be going to the CAA.
Stony Brook has long been considered a lock to get into the CAA by people who speculate on such things. Probability that it’s true as far as Stony Brook is concerned? – Very High
The CAA commissioner said OPENLY that he has contacted some SoCon schools about CAA membership. We know for a fact Davidson & Charleston are at least CONSIDERING the possibility. That much has been reported by reputable newspapers. So those 2 schools make sense.
It has been said on the interwebs that CAA representatives have visited Elon in recent months. Does it make sense? Yes. They would sorta kinda be a travel partner for UNCW, and they have decent football and baseball programs. They would definitely be a travel partner for Davidson, and may just be getting an invite so that Davidson would accept.
Furman though, this is the first I have heard of them being invited to the CAA. I’m sure Davidson, Elon, UNCW, and Charleston would be strong supporters of their addition. Furman, in general, has a strong football program. They won the national championship back in 1988, 1 of only 2 private schools to do it at the FCS level (Richmond is the other). I have no idea if it’s true, but if I were the CAA, I would want Furman.
So like I said before, this is a RUMOR. And even the rumor doesn’t imply that it’s a lock. But what if it’s true? What does it mean for Appalachian State? Well the SoCon would be left with only 8 members:
If after not getting a C-USA invite or a Sun-Belt invite you thought it couldn’t get any worse…you were wrong. Hopefully this doesn’t happen, and if it does we need to take any FBS invite we can get.