Tuesday, June 19, 2012
3-point shot: Colonial decision on Tuesday
By Andy Katz
1. The Colonial Athletic Association will announce Tuesday if it has reversed course and allowed departing members Old Dominion (C-USA) and Georgia State (Sun Belt) to compete in the 2013 conference tournament, according to the league office. The CAA deliberated on the issue last week. The CAA is down to seven eligible members for its tournament at this juncture, with Towson and UNC Wilmington barred by the NCAA for poor APR scores. The CAA has a bylaw that prevents a school from competing in a championship if it is departing. That’s why VCU left abruptly for the A-10 instead of waiting a year.
2. The CAA is also looking at options for moving the conference tournament out of Richmond now that VCU has split. The deal with Richmond goes through 2014. C-USA decided to pull its conference tournament out of Memphis because the Tigers are leaving for the Big East. C-USA moved its tournament to Tulsa for 2013. The CAA is now investigating the feasibility of putting its 2013 tournament at the famed Palestra in Philadelphia, which would be a major coup for league contender Drexel. Drexel’s campus is a block or two away from Penn’s Palestra homecourt. Baltimore and Atlantic City are also being discussed as potential future CAA tourney homes. A decision is due soon.
3. The new rule that allows college coaches to work with players if they’re in summer school has been met with rave reviews so far. A number of coaches began the individual sessions last week and it has continued this week as summer school begins in earnest on college campuses. “I like it due to the fact that you get to see the guys,’’ said Ohio State coach Thad Matta. College coaches have long wanted to work out their own players in the summer and for good reason. A number of them have found refuge working out with agent-sponsored trainers since there was never an option to stay put on campus with their own college coach.