Friday , Nov , 12 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Georgia State to join CAA one year earlier

Richmond, VA (Sports Network) – Georgia State University will move to the
Colonial Athletic Association for all sports on July 1, 2005, one year earlier
than previously announced.

The school had originally said in May that it would join the CAA in 2006, but
decided to push up the move one year.

“We are extremely pleased that Georgia State was able to accelerate their
conference transition,” CAA commissioner Tom Yeager said on Friday. “Everyone
looks forward to adding this outstanding university and the city of Atlanta to
our conference.”

Georgia State, which has been part of the Atlantic Sun Conference since
1983, will become the 12th member of the Virginia-based CAA, which also
includes Delaware, Drexel, George Mason, Hofstra, James Madison, North
Carolina Wilmington, Northeastern, Old Dominion, Towson, Virginia Commonwealth
and William & Mary.

The conference will now have 12 members for the first time in its 20-year
history for the 2005-06 season.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to begin competition in the Colonial
Athletic Association next year,” Georgia State University President Dr. Carl
V. Patton said. “The entire Georgia State community is looking forward to
being a part of the CAA, both academically and athletically.”

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