Monmouth Joining CAA, More Shakeups Possible


Cade Stratton (No. 10) led Monmouth with 30 points in 2021.

With James Madison leaving the Colonial Athletic Association for the Sun Belt Conference in November, it was just a matter of time before the CAA began to recalibrate. It appears as if that is already beginning to happen.

Adam Zagoria of NJ Advance Media reported Tuesday that multiple sources indicated Monmouth would leave the MAAC and Big South to join the CAA. But that’s not all. Those same sources indicated that the conference is targeting Stony Brook and Hampton beginning in the 2022-23 school year, too.

“At the end of the day, Monmouth, Hampton and Stony Brook are all coming,” one CAA basketball coach told Zagoria, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

Zagoria’s report goes on to say that the CAA is considering splitting into North and South divisions to alleviate travel concerns. He said that discussion remains “fluid.”

This tracks with what Jon Rothstein of College Hoops Today reported last week. Rothstein said Hampton could become a CAA member on July 1.

This would represent a major shakeup for Division I lacrosse.

On the men’s side, Monmouth was a regular-season co-champion of the MAAC this past spring with Manhattan. Monmouth, a geographical fit for the CAA, would add another team capable of vying for a conference title.

Stony Brook football already plays in the CAA, making this a theoretical fit for several years. Playing in an America East conference that is generally tight at the top, Stony Brook’s profile might not change much in the CAA.

Hampton, a previous independent competing in the SoCon in 2022, would gain a fair bit from having a consistent home in the CAA.

On the women’s side, Stony Brook gains perhaps the most of any team. Should the Seawolves join the CAA, Joe Spallina’s group will leave an America East that generally diminishes the RPI and postseason profile of the team. Joining the CAA would be an immediate boon to Stony Brook’s national prospects.

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