BALTIMORE – As the Colonial Athletic Association goes through more changes, it’s natural to wonder where its place is in college basketball now. The conference has had major membership changes over the last year and a half, and locations for major events like Media Day and the conference tournament are also changing. While there is certainly a feeling of newness, one wonders what lies ahead for a conference that had a great run from 2006 to 2012 before things changed drastically.
The CAA is just one conference that is changing in an ever-changing landscape. In the short term, the conference can be labeled one of the losers in the conference maneuvering. In the last 18 months, George Mason, Old Dominion and VCU – the conference’s signature programs historically – have all departed, along with a Georgia State program that wasn’t in the conference long but looks like it might be on the rise under Ron Hunter. What remains starts with five former America East schools and then includes newcomer College of Charleston and three charter members in James Madison, UNCW and William & Mary. Next year, Elon joins the conference.