If College of Charleston leaves the Southern Conference for the Colonial Athletic Association, it looks like the Cougars will be going it alone.
Davidson College, also targeted for membership by the CAA, has decided to remain in the SoCon, league commissioner John Iamarino said today.
Iamarino said he was informed Monday of Davidson’s decision by Wildcats athletic director Jim Murphy.
“He called me and said Davidson’s board had met Friday and determined that it would not be prudent at this time to change conference affiliations,” Iamarino said. “They have decided to remain in the Southern Conference.”
That was good news for Iamarino, whose league had been targeted by the Colonial after it lost Virginia Commonwealth, Old Dominion and Georgia State.
“It’s very good news,” Iamarino said. “It’s important to maintain stability, and Davidson has been a terrific member of the conference. I think maybe people out there were thinking there’d be a mass migration from our membership, and I really don’t think that’s the case.”
SoCon members Georgia Southern and Appalachian State are pursuing a move from FCS to FBS in football, but that could be years away.
“I think we are fairly stable and Davidson’s decision reflects that,” Iamarino said. “They took a careful look at what’s in their best interest and decided a strong Southern Conference is their best home.”
Iamarino said he remains “optimistic” that College of Charleston also will decide to remain in the SoCon. College of Charleston’s board of trustees is scheduled to discuss the issue again at its Friday meeting.
Davidson’s Murphy, traveling in Ireland with the Wildcats’ golf team, declined comment when reached by e-mail. The Post and Courier is seeking comment from College of Charleston athletic director Joe Hull.