Old Dominion to mull league ties
Old Dominion's executive committee of the Board of Visitors will meet Monday afternoon for the first time to discuss any possible conference membership issues, according to athletic director Wood Selig.
Old Dominion plans on having in-depth discussions about its current membership in the Colonial Athletic Association and the overall changing landscape in Division I.
Selig said ODU doesn't have an invitation from the Atlantic 10 or Conference USA.
A week ago, George Mason had a similar meeting and announced it was staying in the CAA instead of possibly seeking membership in the A-10.
CBSSports.com reported Monday that Virginia Commonwealth is going to the A-10 in 2013 to replace Charlotte, which would take ODU out of the mix for the A-10.
But CAA commissioner Tom Yeager said Monday he was unaware of the Rams' decision and on Monday night said the school had not contacted him about switching conferences.
VCU coach Shaka Smart said earlier Monday the school asked coaches not to comment on any alignment moves.
The A-10 lost Temple to the Big East for 2013 and replaced the Owls with Butler out of the Horizon League. The A-10 then lost member Charlotte to C-USA for 2013, but hasn't made a move to replace the 49ers yet.
A-10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade said the conference is comfortable at 13 members and only will expand if it makes sense for the league and improves it overall. She said the league doesn't have to expand just to get to an even number of teams.
CAA commissioner Tom Yeager said last week he knew there were discussions at Old Dominion and VCU but didn't have any news on whether either side had made a definitive decision on its membership.
C-USA began its conference meetings Monday in Destin, Fla.
C-USA lost Memphis, Central Florida, Houston and SMU to the Big East in 2013. C-USA announced last week that it had replaced those schools with North Texas and Florida International out of the Sun Belt and Louisiana Tech and UT-San Antonio from the WAC, in addition to Charlotte.
C-USA, like the A-10, is now at 13 schools for 2013.
Middle Tennessee is also a serious candidate for C-USA. Middle Tennessee, which is in the Sun Belt for all sports, or ODU would be entering for all sports, and for the Monarchs that would mean making even more of a football commitment.
ODU football is IAA/FCS, not FBS like the power leagues and a few others like the Mountain West, C-USA, Sun Belt, MAC and remaining WAC. Selig said ODU has to evaluate if it wants to stay status quo with football in IAA and stay in CAA or bump up football to one of the aforementioned leagues.
Selig said later Monday that there was no changes in Old Dominion's conference affiliation after the board meeting, but that there was good discussion about the issue.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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