Davidson’s decision to remain in the Southern Conference won’t impact College of Charleston as it ponders an invitation from the Colonial Athletic Association, Cougars athletic director Joe Hull said Wednesday.
SoCon commissioner John Iamarino confirmed Wednesday that Davidson had rejected advances from the Colonial and decided to stick with the SoCon.
College of Charleston, another SoCon member targeted by the Colonial, could reach a decision on its own future as soon as Friday, when the board of trustees is set to again discuss the issue.
“Each university has to make a decision about what is in its best interest,” Hull said. “So College of Charleston is going to decide what we think is in our best interest. That’s what we’ve been looking at the whole time, and I’m confident the board will decide what is in our best interest.”
That sentiment is shared by Greg Padgett, the school’s board chairman.
“Having Davidson go the Colonial was just one piece of the puzzle,” Padgett said. “It was just one of many factors that the board members are going to avve to take into consideration when they’re making their decisions.”
Padgett said the board is expected to vote on the school’s athletic league affiliation during Friday’s meeting.
“That’s the plan right now,” Padgett said.
The SoCon’s Iamarino said he was informed Monday of Davidson’s decision to remain in the SoCon 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
That was good news for Iamarino, whose 12-member conference has been a hunting ground for the Colonial since that league 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. A source inside the SoCon confirmed that the Mountaineers are going to remain in the league for the “foreseeable future.”
“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. Davidson’s Murphy, in Ireland with the Wildcats’ golf team, declined comment when reached by email.
Andrew Miller contributed to this report.