Campbell will join NC A&T, Elon, UNC-Wilmington in the Colonial Athletic Association

The Colonial Athletic Association’s announcement on Wednesday that Campbell would become a league member in 2023 adds to his presence in North Carolina.

Campbell, becoming the league’s 14th program on July 1, 2023, will join veteran members Elon and UNC-Wilmington and freshman member NC A&T.

Campbell is leaving the Big South Conference, which A&T belonged to for a full year after leaving the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and in which the Aggies will compete in football for a second and final season in 2022.

The 14 CAA schools for 2023-24:

  • Campbell
  • Charleston College
  • Delaware
  • Drexel
  • Elon
  • Hampton
  • Hofstra
  • monmouth
  • NC A&T
  • Northeast
  • stony stream
  • Towson
  • UNC-Wilmington
  • William and Mary

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Because not all of these universities offer on-field football programs, CAA includes Associate Members for Sports. The 15 football programs that will play at the CAA in 2023:

  • Albany
  • Campbell
  • Delaware
  • Elon
  • Hampton
  • Maine
  • monmouth
  • New Hampshire
  • NC A&T
  • Rhode Island
  • richmond
  • stony stream
  • Towson
  • Villanova
  • William and Mary

The CAA organizes championships in 24 sports. Divisions have not been announced for the league, which will span Boston to Charleston, SC, for full members and Orono, Maine, to Buies Creek for football.

Campbell’s inclusion will give CAA a seventh full member in North Carolina, South Carolina, or Virginia: Campbell, College of Charleston, Elon, Hampton, NC A&T, UNC-Wilmington, and William & Mary.

The Big South Conference still has full league members with High Point, Charleston Southern, Gardner-Webb, Longwood, Presbyterian, Radford, UNC-Asheville, USC-Upstate and Winthrop.

The Deep South will partner with members of the Ohio Valley Conference to form a football conference for 2023. Only Charleston Southern and Gardner-Webb among the full member field football teams in the Deep South, and Bryant and Robert Morris are associate members of the sport for the 2022 season.

CAA will match the Atlantic Coast Conference in having four North Carolina Division I schools among its members.

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