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Thank You for 2012. Now on to 2013!

Dec 31, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

Lose weight. Learn a new language. Stress less. Read more. Save money. Spend more time volunteering…

It’s December 31, which means it’s time to finalize those New Years Resolutions. But before we get too focused on the year ahead, it’s fitting to reflect back on the year that was.

CAA Football had the fortune of enjoying many triumphs over the course of 2012, including two student-athletes named national players of the year, many others selected All-America and as many as seven of our 11 programs ranked in the major polls in any given week. This is just a small sample of the countless successes we have been lucky enough to experience as a league over the past 12 months.

Our coaching staffs, student-athletes and administrators have been integral to the success that CAA Football has achieved in 2012. Another huge and undeniable factor in this success has been the role our fans have played. Our fans are among the most loyal and passionate of any bases in the country. I’ve been fortunate to witness this firsthand, both from managing our social media platforms and from my various gameday travels this fall.

With the close of the 2012 season, we also bid goodbye to a pair of programs in Georgia State and Old Dominion that are headed to the FBS level. We’ve enjoyed calling both programs our own and wish their staffs, student-athletes and all affiliated with the Panther and Monarch nations nothing but the best in the coming years.

And while we’ll continue to reflect back on 2012, it’s now time to usher in 2013. The New Year will bring new and exciting changes to the CAA Football landscape, most notably the additions of Albany and Stony Brook to the conference. Both programs have established traditions of excellence in their previous leagues, and we look forward to what they’ll bring both on and off the field to CAA Football.

We are also planning a number of new and innovative features across our various news and social media platforms in the upcoming offseason and 2013 season so as to complement what we are currently doing. Because our member schools’ staffs, student-athletes and fans are among the best in the nation, something we take immense pride in, we will continue striving to ensure that everyone in and around CAA Football is as integrated as possible in what we do at the conference office.

That’s a resolution we plan to keep.

Thanks so much for your passion, loyalty, and more than anything, your support of CAA Football. Here’s to another great year in 2013!