Author Topic: FOIA Requests Confirm Hofstra Blocked Stony Brook CAA All-Sports Invitation  (Read 574 times)

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Confirmation that Hofstra blocked Stony Brook from a CAA all-sports invite. FOIA requests reveal emails between CAA Presidents:

http://shadesof48.com/?p=365

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With CAA football in a slightly more stable place, the proposal was made with basketball in mind. And among other reasons for selecting those three schools, Yeagers wrote in the report that “[Davidson, Stony Brook and Elon] are outstanding academic institutions with strong brand identification and reputations.”

Davidson, he wrote, “is a traditional brand. Elon and Stony Brook are ‘upwardly mobile’.”

“If there is a desire to create even more regionalized conference scheduling,” he added, “14 members could be considered by adding Fairfield and Albany to Davidson, Elon and Stony Brook.”

Miller wrapped up the email by saying, “While I cannot guarantee we will succeed in securing all three of these institutions as CAA members, given our preliminary conversations and the dynamics of the Southern and America East Conferences, I believe this is the time to move forward.”

Read Miller’s email here, and the two attachments with the substance of the report here and here.

Hofstra, for one, was not happy about the report, taking particular issue with the idea of adding Stony Brook.

“Hofstra University is strongly opposed to the substance and process of the recommendation,” Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz replied. “… the proposal would risk (if Davidson doesn’t accept) substituting two schools which add little to our basketball aspirations [Ed. note: Hofstra shut down its football program in 2009] to replace George Mason. In addition, as I have said numerous times, adding a school further from nyc than Hofstra, but in the same long island media and recruitment territory does not make any sense to us, especially in light of the fact [sic] they are already associated with CAA football.”

That confirms that rumor.

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Good detective work!    Our friends  in Nassau County  should be proud of themselves.

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What a pathetic loser Rabinowitz is. All I have to say.

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Agreed.

I took a read through- anyone notice that we have 470 student athletes on a $17M budget?  Though its of course lopsided for certain sports, that averages $38k/year per student athlete.  Wow, i didnt realize it was that high!

Otherwise, i like that the CAA recognizes our potential, our sports programs, our student body, academic reputation, etc.
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Interesting to see the CAA was trying to poach the A10 early on. but in my opinion that was unrealistic on their part.

...Won't waste my time with Hofstra. Fuc* 'em
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Maybe they  should just pave it over and use  the campus for parking for the new Colliseum-LOL

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Great  article and all quite true.  We should a copy of the tape with President Stanley  addressing our football team to Dr. R.

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I know this may be a little naive from the perspective of likelihood, but the thought that keeps recurring in my head is that the CAA and AE should merge.  I've done the overlays on paper for football, basketball, lacrosse and even some others.  It makes a lot of sense--to me, anyway!!

Both BB and FB could be appropriately divided into North and South divisions.  For football, there would be 12 teams, 6 ineach division.  For BB, there would be 19 teams, 10 in the North Division and 9 in the South (for now).  Some great new conference rivalries would emerge: e.g., SBU/Hofstra, UMBC/Towson, Northeastern/UMASS-Lowell.

In light of the substantial overlap of the two conferences which already exists, I think the merger would certainly solidify the stability of the conference and make it more appealing to fans.  Thoughts???

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It may come to that  someday. A few CAA Football members  are looking to jump to the FBS level  if they get an invite.  That would shrink the CAA  across the board because an FBS conference would want all sports not just football.  James Madison and Villanova  come  to mind and maybe Delaware.  SBU, Albany and Elon came in as insurance if that happens keeping football at least at 9 members.  But conference consolidation  is a real possibility.