Rhode Island decides to stay with CAA football
Rhode Island has decided to remain a member of the CAA’s
Rhode Island athletic director Thorr Bjorn says the move ”makes
the most sense” logistically after southern schools Old Dominion
and Georgia State announced plans to leave the league after this
season, while northeastern schools Albany and Stony Brook announced
they are joining.
The Rams had planned to downgrade football and move to the
Northeastern Conference after this season.
CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager says he’s thrilled that URI accepted
his invitation to reconsider. He says the Rams expand the
opportunities for rivalries to develop in the northeast.
Rhode Island is a charter member of CAA football, which started
in 1946 as the Yankee Conference. The Rams’ return will give CAA
football 11 teams in 2013.