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Stony Brook, Albany To Join CAA PDF Print
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Saturday, 04 August 2012 15:22

According to a report in Newsday, the Stony Brook University will leave the Big South Conference after this season to join the Colonial Athletic Association as a football-member only in the fall of 2013. The report also states that Stony Brook's in-state rival Albany will join CAA as a football member. The additions of Stony Brook and Albany would bring the CAA back

up to 10 members for the 2013 season -- Stony Brook, Albany, Delaware, Villanova, New Hampshire, William & Mary, Richmond, James Madison, Maine and Towson. The Seawolves have won or shared the Big South league title in each of the last three seasons; they're 16-2 during that stretch. Last season, Stony Brook advanced to the FCS playoffs second round, beating Albany 31-28 before falling to national-runner up Sam Houston State 34-27.
These moves come at an opportune time for the CAA, a conference which has gone through a number of membership changes in recent years. Both Hofstra and Northeastern decided to drop its football programs after the 2009 season, while Georgia State and Old Dominion will make only temporary stops in the CAA before moving up to the FBS in 2013 (Georgia State to the Sun Belt, Old Dominion to Conference USA). UMass joins the MAC this season, while Rhode Island will be moving to the reduced scholarship Northeast Conference after this season.


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