Norfolk, VA (Sports Network) - The Colonial Athletic Association's university
presidents are scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether Old Dominion football will
be eligible for the conference title this season.
This will be ODU's final season in the CAA after the Monarchs athletic program
accepted an invitation last month to join Conference USA in the summer of 2013.
The Virginian-Pilot reported Thursday that the CAA's athletic directors are
recommending ODU be eligible for the title, which carries an automatic bid to
the FCS playoffs. The university presidents are expected to make their decision
at CAA meetings Tuesday in Washington.
CAA Football runs under a separate set of bylaws from the conference's other
sports. ODU's other sports are considered less likely to be eligible for CAA
ODU football has been wildly successful in its first three seasons under head
coach Bobby Wilder, posting a 27-8 record. The Monarchs tied for second place
in the CAA and reached the second round of the FCS playoffs last year.
Rhode Island, which will leave CAA Football after this season for the Northeast
Conference, also was recommended by the ADs for title eligibility, while first-
year member Georgia State, which has already begun its transition to the FBS
and the Sun Belt Conference, will not be eligible, the Virginian-Pilot
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