The conference shuffling continues. A few weeks ago we learned that Davidson would be making the jump from the Southern Conference to the Atlantic 10 in 2014, and this week we now know that the Rhody football team will also be able to get in on some of that SoCon action. That’s because Elon University has announced that they will be joining the CAA for the 2014 season. The move will round URI’s football conference out to an even 12 members. And this looks to be great news for the conference; although they don’t exactly come to mind when you think “powerhouse”, Elon is no joke when it comes to athletics. From GoRhody.com:
Elon will make the move to the CAA after more than a decade of success on the field and in the classroom in the Southern Conference. Elon has won 18 Southern Conference regular-season and tournament titles. Twelve Phoenix student-athletes have earned Southern Conference Player of the Year recognition, while Elon head coaches have earned 19 Southern Conference Coach of the Year honors. Nationally, 25 Elon student-athletes have received All-American honors and 25 student-athletes have earned Academic All-American recognition. Since joining the Southern Conference, 17 Elon teams and individuals have made NCAA postseason appearances, while teams and individuals have appeared in national rankings more than 20 times.
For what it’s worth, the Phoenix finished 1-7 in the Southern Conference last year, and just 3-8 overall. Far be it from us to make fun; Rhody fans would have killed for that record last year. Let’s hope Joe Trainer and the Rams can improve their program enough this year so that they’ll be looking down at Elon in the standings in 2014, and not up.