Nobody outside of the inner circle saw this one coming. With most dimestore pundits ( including this one ) thinking that Boston University might be a target of the CAA's effort to solve their current woes, Boston University president Robert A. Brown and the eight presidents of the Patriot League pulled the trigger on a shocker of a conference move. It's a move that was years in the making - yet proceeded at the speed of the winds of rapid change that are coarsing through collegiate athletics. It's a move that doesn't make immediate sense - yet makes perfect sense, the more you look at it. But more than anything, the move, which will take place on July 1st, 2013, is a throwback to how conference expansion used to be.