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Showing posts from June 27, 2004

Northeastern's CAA Folly

Last week, on June 23rd, a long-anticipated announcement was made by Northeastern University. The school announced that for the 2006-2007 season, Northeastern was going to be joining the Colonial Athletic Association, or CAA, in all sports except football. One of the primary reasons for the move included the opportunity for the N'Eastern Huskies to increase the prestige of their men's basketball program, as the move from the weaker America East conference to a powerful mid-major basketball conference including UNC-Wilmington, Drexel, and George Washington. If you parse through the reports of the news conference, you hear the same type of reasoning that the ACC used a year ago in pursuing Boston College: CAA Commissioner Tom Yaeger: "It was an evaluation not only of today but more importantly where the institution aspires to be in the next decade. This evaluation brought us to Boston and to Northeastern." Northeastern AD John O'Brien: "[the move is] an