Monday , May , 24 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Georgia State to join CAA

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Georgia State University announced on
Monday that it will move to the Colonial Athletic Association for all sports,
effective July 1, 2006.

Georgia State, which has been part of the Atlantic Sun Conference since
1983, will become the 11th member of the Virginia-based CAA, which also
includes Delaware, Drexel, George Mason, Hofstra, James Madison, North
Carolina Wilmington, Old Dominion, Towson, Virginia Commonwealth and William &
Mary.

“Today is an exciting day for the CAA,” said conference commissioner Thomas E.
Yeager. “In the ever changing landscape of college athletics, we are thrilled
to add Georgia State University to what we think is already an impressive
roster of academic institutions. Our geographic footprint will stretch from
the shadow of the Statue of Liberty to Atlanta, Ga., resulting in increased
exposure for the CAA in one of the nation’s top media markets. Georgia State’s
broad based program fits nicely with those of our existing members and the
university will help enhance our branding initiative as we stretch further
south into one of the nation’s most vibrant metropolitan areas.”

Speculation exists that the CAA will soon add a 12th institution, believed to
be Northeastern. The conference is looking to add a championship in football
and five of its inhabitants (Delaware, Hofstra, James Madison, Towson, William
& Mary) currently compete in the Atlantic 10 Football Conference. Northeastern
is also an Atlantic 10 member for football only.

Georgia State has varsity programs for 15 sports in which the CAA conducts
championships, but does not have a football team.

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