Friday, September 21, 2012

CofC changing conferences (will discuss next BOT meeting)

The College of Charleston Board of Trustees, specifically their athletic committee, are having a meeting today to discuss conference affiliation, moving from the Southern Conference to the Colonial Athletic Association.

Just now: 4:02pm- Per Dwight Johnson: meeting adjourned, they will discuss at next BOT meeting.

The next meeting is October 19. 
CofC would make the move on July 1 2013 to the CAA if they make the move. .

The meeting is going on at Randolph Hall on the College of Charleston campus. BOT deliberating on move to now. Sounds like AD and prez want to leave . Some members question move.

From Andrew Miller at the Post and Courier, who is at the meeting: CofC AD Joe Hull: 'Most athletes CofC recruits don't like SoCon. Hurts in all sports but baseball.'

AD Joe Hull trashing on way out door: "Invisible, hurts recruiting, makes it hard to attract games."

@mocsbeatCTFP: Is there anyone who doesn't think is headed to the CAA? It has seemed pretty obvious for months.

Athletic Committee chairman Dwight Johnson say it is 'not just an athletic decision' to move to CAA. Hull says that the SoCon also costs him more athletes than they gain.

CofC will be at the bottom of the CAA as far as budget for basketball. Johnson: 'Majority of coaches of CofC support move to CAA." "The move to CAA would cost school $580,000 more in travel and $20,000 more in annual conference fee."

CofC has fourth highest athletic budget in SoCon when you take out football and scholarship at private schools.

Hull says: 'Basketball head coach's salary is above average when compared to rest of CAA.' 50 national TV games in CAA. SoCon has 4 national TV games. "SoCon basketball is nearly invisible on national stage.'

This meeting is still going on. Some people are against the move, like former Cougar radio announcer Tony Ciuffo.  : going to kill CofC's chances at baseball at-large bid. Wonder why kids will not play baseball at CofC. What kid wants to bus around the SE and NE, miss tons of class and stay in 2nd rate hotels, which is how CofC travels. I wouldn't let my son attend CofC because facilities are terrible and Hull cant improve them. SoCon much better than CAA (from a baseball perspective).

Ciuffo's son, Nick, is a nationally-ranked baseball player from Lexington, SC. 

John Reynolds, a former Citadel basketball player, says: @J4Reynolds: Good riddance. @AustinBAtkinson: This may be the most awkward moment in CofC athletics since the Gregg Marshall flip-flop.

Cost of travel and academics seem to have other committee members worried about this move, says @KevinLive5.

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