Who needs Big, Rich Texas when we’ve got The Colonials?

Brian Mull sniffed out a Dallas Morning News story that notes Buzz Peterson may become a “coach-in-waiting” at SMU under Larry Brown. The mercurial Peterson has 400,000 penalty reasons to stay at The Dub past June 1.

Of course in less than 24 hours Peterson issued a declarative statement: “I want everyone to know that I’m not a candidate for any other job. Period.”

Related, UNCW landed Rutgers transfer Tyree Graham.

Ed Miller tied up the loose ends on DeShawn Painter, who is transferring from NC State to Old Dominion. Painter is moving closer to home to be near his ill grandmother. He has one year of eligibility.

Side note: CAA fave Dave Fairbank at the Daily Press has what appears to be a very insightful follow on with interesting back story about Painter and his family. However at some point the DP chose to go the ridiculous pay wall route so I only got three sentences completed. (Yes, I will continue to hammer on these executives that believe walling off content is a good idea. It isn’t.)

VCU sort of announced it will be headed to Europe this August on one of those get-to-know-your-world trips. Details are TBD. Side note, 2: this is a good time to announce my latest project: A Summer With VCU Basketball.

The culture of Joe Lunardi cracks me up. Fans kill him, calling him names that are unprintable. However those same fans read him every week, link to him, and cannot get enough of him. Lunardi is indeed college basketball’s Howard Stern. And he has two CAA teams in his preseason Bracketology.

Georgia State is still a part of our fun Association, and here’s Doug Roberson on projected cost savings for the football team. Editorial comment: Since GSU made a football decision, they need to take a percentage of that $150K and buy shoes to support Ron Hunter’s Samaritan’s Feet charity. Just me.

Drexel announced it will be part of the Anaheim Classic next year. The Dragons will play three games, with the possibility to meeting either Xavier or St. Mary’s.


We hate to speculate here, but that’s mostly about programs and rumors. Sometimes there are illustrations that walk the line of speculation, but bring up questions.

I was initially troubled by the postponement of the CAA Exit Fee vote. You don’t publicly say it’s going to happen–not something of this magnitude–and then have it not happen without back-room problems. Big problems.

But perhaps I was wrong.

Remember this is a chess game. Several sources told me this exit fee issue has been in the works for a long time. It had been in the hands of the presidents for comment for more than a week before it came to light. This wasn’t new ground that was being covered in a knee-jerk reaction to rumors of Georgia State, VCU, and Mason.

What if–and I think this is plausible–the entire push to a vote was a ploy to force Georgia State to make its decision? Don’t take that in any negative way because it isn’t meant that way. But the CAA needs to move forward, and Georgia State plodding along with indecision would make it difficult on the conference to move forward.

The CAA needs clarity in order to take its next steps. The seemingly sudden gravitas on the exit fee could very likely be nothing more than efficient process–closing the book on the inevitable so everything can take the next step. It takes one variable out of play.

The point is this: all this speculation is based on assumptions. And these assumptions are clouded by perceived motives. If any of that is incorrect, anything that follows is also flawed.

Real life example: I made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for my daughter for lunch for five straight days. I made the assumption she was tired of PB&J, and her motive was to have something different for lunch. So I made a cheese sandwich.

In hindsight, upon grueling interrogation, I realized that I should continue to make PB&J because she really likes it. I had flawed assumptions and motives, and I was wrong.

That’s why we need to keep digging for reality, and facts.


Here’s one more what-if to ponder that is offered to challenge your assumptions: what if Tom Yeager is putting together the strongest 12-team conference he can muster, putting Mason and VCU to the side, sort of in the parking lot?

Let’s say he is going after Davidson, Charleston, and Charlotte. Don’t argue the schools–that’s a pointless and unending discussion of speculation. What if the strategy is to create a strong 12-team conference, and if Mason and VCU stay it becomes an even stronger 14-team conference?

My point: like the PB&J sandwich issue, we don’t know people’s starting point on any of this. Open your mind to all possibilities, because they are on the table.

12 Responses to “Back? So Soon?”

  1. erikhernquist Says:

    In my opinion, I don’t think the vote was a ruse to get GAST to make their move. I choose to go the route of Merten and Rao not being able to make it because of a last minute meeting – perhaps a golf outing or a cocktail party that may or may not involve someone who has knowledge of the A-10′s intentions. Seriously, why would those two presidents attend a meeting that may ultimately take $750k+ out of their pockets? Probably best for them to play out this chess match and keep their options open.

    I do, however, like your idea of building a stronger conference in the meantime. My only concern is that the CAA just lost a school because they wanted to move up to a different football classification. For a conference that is certainly focused on football, that is troubling, especially since you have several teams not associated in the other sports, and you have other CAA foundation schools like JMU & ODU who have football aspirations similar to that of GAST.

    The CAA is on quite the tight rope. You’d think that with their stature in football & basketball that they could make it across unscathed, but if more schools leave and prospective schools get spooked, this could be uncomfortable to watch.

  2. thegalen Says:

    Not buying Yeager playing 11th dimensional chess. Ga. State was already talking to the Sunbelt; if the CAA wanted them to pick the pace up it would have been a simple enough message to get across. Instead, after making a bunch of media rounds that blew up in his face by him swearing no teams would be leaving the CAA, and going on about how there was such strong support for raising the exit fee, Yeager stages a dummy vote designed to fail with the side effect of publicly proving himself wrong? The failure of which not only adds to the clouds of uncertainty hovering over his veracity, but the perceived stability of the conference itself?

    Either Yeager didn’t do his homework or someone (several someones?) revealed their true intentions beyond what they’ve said in press releases swearing fealty to the eternal glory of the CAA. Hands *were* forced via this vote. Ga. State’s just wasn’t one of them.

  3. Pav Says:

    Could it simply have been an oversight on the CAA’s part? Rao was on vacation with is family during the vote (he has young kids and it was spring break week). Were others doing the same?

  4. mlitos Says:

    The important point is that nobody knows. Everybody is making assumptions that begin at a certain starting point, and all I want people to consider is that their starting point is inaccurate, which makes everything that follows inaccurate.

    Nobody outside the inner circle actually knows what’s going on; sweeping assumptions do you no good.

    Pav–I don’t think so…vacations are planned long in advance and Rao would’ve either said “that week is no good for me” or taken the call.

  5. MDK Says:

    Glad to have you back!

  6. Jeremy Says:

    Welcome back, but enough crystal ball conference realignment mumbo jumbo: let’s talk basketball!

    With the Painter addition how far does ODU vault up the preseason rankings?
    I figure they were at 4 (Behind VCU, Drex and Delaware) and now I have them 2.

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  8. frojunk Says:

    I don’t know anything about what may happen with the CAA, although I’m as curious as the next fan. I do know it’s a dog eat dog world out in conference realignment land & we won’t know how the cards may fall until….. they fall. Then, it’s either “Oh No”, or “Yeah Baby!” Depending on where your team lands or what the conference ends up looking like it’s the end of the world or you’re on top of it. So, given that VCU is now a program with real appeal I believe they will be ok come what may, maybe even end up better. Which leads me to this, during your summer with VCU, can you cover where the program plans to go now that they have arrived? I mean, can you believe VCU is where they are? They are mentioned frequently on national tv and radio during college basketball season, are ranked in the pre-season top twenty, have a rock star coach who actually may be one of the best coaches in the country, and sell out their arena constantly. They may or may not be looking to move up to a stronger level of basketball conference. Speaking of growing, I read once that A.D. Norwood T. discussed increasing capacity of the Siegel Center with Coach Smart, who liked it the way it is. Any news there? Do you think a program with a jam packed 9,500 screaming fans is more impressive than one with 7,600? How about bigger, better video boards? More club seats? I’m excited and I want to know what’s next in this fairy tale that is now called HAVOC!

  9. frojunk Says:

    Oh, and one more thing re: where VCU Basketball is now. They actually can play with, and beat, about anybody – and it’s not just some hype talk. EVERYBODY knows it. Really. Can you believe it? Wow, I can honestly say in my 40 years of following the Rams I never even dared to dream this could actually happen. Wow!

  10. Allen Says:

    Frojunk is Pumped! Love that spirit!! Go Rams!!!

  11. Brian Says:

    For the love of….I believe frojunk is looking for ramnation com.

  12. thegalen Says:


    “In the wake of Georgia State’s announced departure, Yeager and CAA officials discussed raising the exit fee from $250,000 to $1 million. But an attempt to get school presidents on a conference call to vote on the measure fizzled when only one president was available. Exit fees will be discussed at a later date.”

    Only one president took Yeager’s call for a meeting = o_0

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