RICHMOND, Va. (March 25, 2013) – Below is a statement from CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager regarding the withdrawal of George Mason University from the conference on July 1, 2013.
“As a result of the George Mason University Board’s decision to withdraw from CAA membership, effective July 1, 2013, and in accordance with conference bylaws:
- George Mason’s teams in seven spring sports (baseball, men’s golf, women’s lacrosse, women’s rowing, softball and men’s and women’s tennis) will become ineligible for CAA spring 2013 championships.
- George Mason will forfeit its projected 2013 conference distribution of approximately $330,000 and future distributions (through 2017 totaling an additional $1.32 million). George Mason will also pay a minimum liquidated damages fee of at least $1,000,000. Total forfeited funds will be no less than $2.65 million.
- George Mason’s membership in the Colonial Academic Alliance will terminate on July 1, 2013. The Academic Alliance office, housed on George Mason’s campus, will relocate to another CAA campus.
We are disappointed by George Mason’s decision to withdraw from the CAA after 30 years as a charter member. We wish them well as they strive to achieve the same level of competitive success in a new conference. The CAA’s Council of Presidents will continue to aggressively pursue institutions committed to providing the finest academic and athletic opportunities for our student-athletes.”