As the CAA's footprint continues to grow, the league's football-only members may want more compact geography. So let's bring back the Yankee Conference
Arguably, no conference has extended its bounds at the FCS level more than the CAA. Seeing the loss of James Madison as a chance to solidify for the future, the conference added five schools as full members to expand to 14 full members.
One member, Stony Brook, was previously a football-only member of the CAA before transitioning to full membership. For football, the makeup of the conference became even more South-skewed as only one of the four new CAA Football members, Monmouth, was a Northeast school.
The new direction of the conference seems alarming for schools like Maine and New Hampshire which will now have to make routine trips to Virginia and North Carolina. The new additions have ballooned the conference's football-playing membership to 15 schools, easily the biggest football conference in the FCS.