VCU’s exit from CAA may open door for Chanticleers

Coastal Carolina University’s recent move to give school president David DeCenzo the power to switch conference affiliations may have come at an opportunistic time.

Colonial Athletic Association member Virginia Commonwealth announced Tuesday that is moving to the Atlantic 10 Conference on July 1, leaving the CAA with only 11 schools.

The CAA, along with the Southern Conference, are the two most likely landing spots for the Chanticleers, who have been exploring opportunities to leave the Big South Conference.

With Georgia State already slated to leave the CAA for the Sun Belt Conference in 2013-14, the league will be down to 10 schools in a little more than one year.

Those moves will leave the CAA with Delaware, Drexel, Hofstra, James Madison, Northeastern, Old Dominion, Towson, UNC Wilmington, William & Mary and George Mason, which announced last week its plans to stay in the CAA.

The chance for the Chants to jump ship from the Big South, in which Coastal helped form in 1983, could come sooner rather than later, although the CAA announced no time table for finding replacement schools.

Earlier this month the CCU Board of Trustees voted to grant DeCenzo the right to explore opportunities for a new conference affiliation.

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