After a long, tumultuous offseason, CAA basketball is finally upon us.
This has definitely been a trying few months for the CAA. VCU bolted for the A-10, effective immediately. ODU agreed to head to the C-USA as of the 2013-14 season. Georgia State will leave with them, their destination the Sun Belt. Just to top it all off, UNCW and Towson have been deemed academically ineligible for the 2012-13 postseason.
All of this begs the question: What now for the CAA?
Many people are calling the Colonial, which had been making major strides the past few seasons, featuring three NCAA Tournament teams just two seasons ago, a conference that is due to take a major downturn over the next few seasons and become a perennial 1-bid league.
I respectfully disagree with this opinion.
While the departures, particularly of VCU and ODU, will hurt, there is still a ton of talent in the CAA, with potentially more on the way as realignment shakes out. This isn't the first time there's been a mass exodus of major CAA teams and realistically, it probably won't be the last time either.
So let's stop looking back at the madness of the offseason and look forward to what is surely going to be another exciting CAA season.
Bear in mind, these preseason rankings are just my opinions and are certainly up for debate. With that disclaimer out of the way, let's get this thing going.