It started out innocently enough as an article from New York Newsday 's Steven Marcus - a brief, 201-word report, quite frankly, not reporting on much. The headline read: Hofstra explores parting ways with the CAA , and mostly offered the writer's opinion, a cryptic official comment, and an unquoted anonymous source. Hofstra will explore moving its intercollegiate athletic program out of the southern-based Colonial Athletic Association, persons familiar with the athletic program said Thursday. Hofstra did not say what has prompted its exploration, but it appears the university would prefer to have more of a northeast profile. The Atlantic-10 is Hofstra's first choice, those close to the situation said, but no openings currently exist in that New England-based group. ... Hofstra apparently has no interest in returning to the America East. ``We have not had any conversations with representatives from the America East Conference regarding conference affiliation,''