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The third FCS conference to suspend college sports is the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). The conference reached this decision on Friday after the MEAC announced its decision the day prior.
The CAA is one of the more successful conferences in FCS in the 2000’s. Members include James Madison, Richmond, Maine, Delaware, William & Mary, and Elon to name a few.
According to reports, the conference will be letting its member schools pursue their own schedules as independents. That’s something that JMU and Elon reportedly plan to do as long as the FCS postseason remains in play. The Dukes will have to replace eight games.
A statement from the CAA is below.
“The institutions of the Colonial Athletic Association recognize that we compete in a Conference made up of ten distinctive institutions that are located in eight states. As one Conference, we share a commitment to the health, safety, and well-being of our student-athletes, campuses, and communities. As we each navigate this pandemic, we recognize that each of our ten members must rely on local and state guidance, as well as medical expertise that may result in different decisions and different timelines for each institution. Therefore, we support each other and the unique circumstances of each of our campuses and communities to make decisions that are best for them. We do so as ten institutions aligned as one Conference.”
The CAA had multiple games against FBS teams scheduled including Elon at Duke (Week 2), Stony Brook at Florida Atlantic (Week 2), JMU at North Carolina (Week 3), and Delaware at NC State (Week 4).
These games could still happen, but are not likely as most FBS conferences will be cutting non-conference games out.