Richmond, VA (WWBT)- Old Dominion and Georgia State saw their formal requests to be allowed to compete in CAA postseason play in the 2012-2013 season denied by the league's Council of Presidents on Tuesday. As a result, the Monarchs and Panthers will be ineligible for conference tournament play.
Both schools announced that they were leaving the CAA for different leagues beginning in 2013-2014. Old Dominion will head to Conference USA, while Georgia State will compete in the Sun Belt Conference. Both football teams will be moving to the FBS level, which was a big reason for the moves. While postseason play at the conference level will be out of the question, teams will still be eligible to receive NCAA at-large bids. Individuals competing in cross country, track and field, swimming and diving and wrestling will be eligible for CAA postseason competition, but no team scores will be kept for Old Dominion or Georgia State in those respective sports.
The rule regarding postseason play in the CAA for a departing team has been in place for quite some time. American, East Carolina and Richmond faced similar restrictions during the 2000-2001 season as a result of the rule.
VCU will leave the CAA effective July 1 and join the Atlantic 10, but the Rams chose to make their move immediately in large part to avoid the restrictions placed on teams when it comes to postseason play.