College of Charleston trustees vote to begin negotiations with the CAA
With VCU gone and both Georgia State and Old Dominion on the way out, the Colonial Athletic Association was in the market for a new member (or more).
A step in that direction was taken on Friday as the College of Charleston Board of Trustees voted 12-5 in favor of negotiating with the CAA.
This comes just a couple days after Davidson, also a current member of the Southern Conference, announced its intentions to stay in the SoCon.
While there’s no guarantee, the College of Charleston vote likely means that the Cougars becoming the CAA’s tenth member will happen soon.
The likely focus of the negotiations between the College of Charleston and the CAA: travel costs, which played a key role in the trustees’ discussion on Friday.
The Cougars have been a successful basketball program for years and they averaged 22 wins/season in the six years under Bobby Cremins.
The expectation in Charleston is that Doug Wojcik will be able to contend in the SoCon (with Davidson being the prohibitive favorites) this season after taking over for Cremins.
As for the CAA ten members would be a good number to stop at for two key reasons:
There are still things to be worked out before the CAA and the College of Charleston come to an agreement, but the first step towards the next move in conference realignment was taken today.