Jun 16, 2011, 5:16 PM EDT
An increase in the field size for five conference championships and the decision to sponsor new NCAA legislation for FCS football were among the highlights of the five-day Colonial Athletic Association annual meetings last week.
Starting next season, the field sizes for CAA championships in baseball, field hockey, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and volleyball will return to six teams after being four-team events for the past two years. In field hockey, soccer and volleyball, all six teams will compete for the CAA title at the site of the regular-season champion. In baseball, a six-team, double-elimination tournament will be played over four days. Bids to host the CAA Baseball Championship in 2012 and 2013 will be solicited this summer.
In CAA Football, it was decided that the University of Massachusetts, which is in the process of transitioning to the FBS level, will not be eligible for the CAA Championship in 2011, but its players will still be eligible to receive pre-season, weekly and post-season awards. The Minutemen’s official conference record will be recorded as 0-0 and it will not occupy a spot in the CAA Football standings. However, the game results will be reflected in their opponents’ conference record. CAA Football will have 11 members this season with the addition of Old Dominion University. Georgia State University will join CAA Football in 2012.
In addition, CAA Football has decided to sponsor NCAA legislation that would provide five seasons of eligibility for student-athletes in FCS football programs.
John R. Broderick, the president of Old Dominion University, was appointed to a four-year term on the NCAA Board of Directors which will begin in April, 2012. In the interim, Mr. Broderick will serve as the CAA’s representative on the NCAA Presidential Advisory Group.
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