July 29, 2014

The College of Charleston is bolting the Southern Conference

It’s Official: the College of Charleston is leaving the Southern Conference. Today the school’s board of trustees voted unanimously  to accept an invitation to join Colonial Athletic Association .

“We are very excited about joining the Colonial Athletic Association,” President P. George Benson said in a release. “It is a great fit for the College, both athletically and academically. This move is a significant step forward in the College’s efforts to become a national university.”

 

The College of Charleston will begin play in the CAA in fall 2013. That means Cougar fans can look forward to trading in trips across town to The Citadel and across the state to Furman and Wofford for treks to places like Delaware, Hofstra, Drexel and Northeastern. But at least now the athletic director can brag about all the great cities they play.

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to join an outstanding conference, the Colonial,” CofC ADJoe Hull said. “The Colonial is a high-quality league in so many ways. The competition will be tough, but I believe we will be prepared to compete for conference championships across the board immediately. One of the interesting benefits to this decision is that we are joining a league that has a presence in several of the greatest cities in our nation.

“Adding our great city of Charleston to that group creates the opportunity to bring tremendous positive recognition to our teams, our program, the College and our area. This is an amazing opportunity for the College of Charleston. I am confident we are up to the challenge.”

The Cougars have been in the SoCon since 1998. This move was clearly made with men’s basketball in mind, but even then it is somewhat of a head scratcher. The fact this move will make it much harder on sports like baseball to recruit seems like it would be enough of a reason to stand pat and wait for a better fit or, you know, stay in the conference that has treated you pretty well for the past decade and a half.

But this is 2012 college sports and the money grab is on.