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#CAAFB Commissioner Yeager’s Statement Regarding ODU’s Withdrawal

May 17, 2012, 3:46 PM EDT

“Old Dominion president John Broderick informed me by phone this morning of ODU’s intentions to withdraw from the CAA and CAA Football effective July 1, 2013.  Old Dominion’s decision is predicated on the university’s desire to reclassify to FBS Football, which requires membership in an FBS league. The CAA had an open dialogue with President Broderick and CUSA Commissioner Britton Banowsky throughout ODU’s evaluation process, but ultimately Conference USA was the desired destination.  The conference wishes the university well as it pursues these new interests.

The CAA and CAA Football will remain strong and are committed to growth in every sport providing our student-athletes the best athletic and academic experience possible.  As stated earlier this week, we will remain diligent in continuing our membership-related discussions, but will do so in a confidential manner and will not discuss specific institutions or scenarios.”

For more, including audio from Commissioner Yeager’s teleconference this afternoon, visit

  1. JIm - May 17, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Move Maine to the FBS

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  2. Patrick - May 31, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    The CAA should move to the FBS as a conference

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