CAA expansion is about to heat up and, as projected, the league is going to look to the Southern Conference to restock. According to Adam Smith of the Burlington Times-News, commissioner Tom Yeager has formally contacted Davidson, College of Charleston and Appalachian State about moving to his league. SoCon commissioner John Iamarino was informed of these discussions recently by Yeager.
The SoCon, meanwhile, is hoping that it's schools make a decision whether to stay or go to the CAA by July 4th.
Davidson, who play football at the FCS level, would not be expected to move their team from the Pioneer League, but they have reportedly been lobbying for fellow SoCon schools, Elon and Furman, to be included in CAA expansion talks. Davidson is weary of making a move to the CAA if it means more travel to play the far-flung northern schools of the league. With a strong southern contingent, however, they would be more willing to move.
That gives at least some backing to the reports last week that Elon and Furman were likely to join Stony Brook as CAA football additions. Furman has apparently not yet been contacted by the CAA and Elon officials have refused to comment on the matter.
Getting Appalachian State, however, would be a football power-move for the conference that had built a name for itself as the nation's best FCS conference. The CAA may not ultimately be able to land the Mountaineers, however, since the league would be seeking at least some assurances from the school that they would not continue pursuing an immediate move to a Bowl Subdivision conference. The CAA would provide Appalachian State with a much bigger platform for the powerhouse football program they had invested so heavily in building, but their intentions to upgrade to FBS may thwart the CAA's advances.
CAA football's membership for the 2013 season is still a matter in need of being resolved, but at least it appears that the conference presidents have made some decisions on the direction they'd like to head with expansion. That talks are underway is a good sign for the league's rebuilding.