The men's TV schedule is particularly impressive. Yes, there are the 26 games on the various World Wide Leader (ESPN) channels plus a few other games on Fox College Sports. But every other game is on some CAA team's internet site, whether it's Monarch TV, Mason All Access, GoHofstra.com or Hawkvision, just to name a few. And if your CAA team is playing a non conference game on the road, chances are you can watch them on Buffalobulls.com (when Towson plays at Buffalo) or Bobcat TV-ohiobobcats.com (when Delaware travels to Ohio U.) or Orange All Access (suathletics.com) when William and Mary travel to the Cuse.
You can say that there are a lot of bad things or wacky things about the Internet (click here for the link of the Rent is Too Damn High Party web site). However the ability to be able to watch your team playing on the road from your computer at home (or wherever) is a beautiful thing. Yes, you will mostly like have to probably pay to view online your favorite CAA team play on the road, and you may even get a team's live feed site that isn't very good (memo to the folks at GoZips.com - It's called "Play by Play"). But you can tell your friends how hardcore of a fan you really are!
Of course CAA Media Day is not just about TV schedules. It's about the preseason poll or hearing the coaches speak. With my real full time job, I didn't have chance to listen to the live feed from CAASports.com, but thankfully some folks wrote their usual good takes about the day. Brian Mull gives you his usual good nuggets of information. And of course, Mr. CAA himself, Mike Litos has some great quotes from the coaches. The really insightful ones I thought came from Hofstra coach Mo Cassara. I'll let you read the article and judge for yourself.
And despite losing two starters to transfer, you can certainly see Hofstra being picked fifth simply due to the fact that the reigning CAA Player of the Year and Preseason Player of the Year, Charles Jenkins is back for another season of havoc. However, there appears to be a major dropoff on the rest of the league due to teams losing players to bad conduct (Drexel with Jamie Harris), significant graduation (see William and Mary and Northeastern) or injury (Delaware with Brian Johnson still hurt).
But I am going to give you a little sneak peek of my CAA Season Preview article and tell you five players you need to know about that are not on either the preseason first team or second team.
- James Madison's Devon Moore. Moore is returning from injury and will be the key to how successful the Dukes are this season. I think he is much more first team material than Cam Long.
- Hofstra's Mike Moore. Transfer from Fordham who Mo Cassara notes as having an "uncanny ability to score in different ways". If he lives up to his billing, Hofstra could have a deadly one-two punch they have been missing since the Stokes-Agudio days.
- Old Dominion's Frank Hassell. When you are the second leading scorer from last season's team, you shoot 54 percent from the field and the leading scorer graduates, Blaine Taylor will be looking for you to score more.
- VCU's Brandon Burgess. Burgess is capable of lighting it up. In his first two seasons, Burgess has shot 48 percent from the field. Shaka Smart needs a new scoring option with Larry Sanders gone, so look for Burgess to blossom.
- George Mason's Ryan Pearson. Look at the end of last season. When Cam Long was basically a cast member on the TV show "Lost", Pearson was the Patriots' go to guy in the CAA Tournament. With Gerald Lee and Sanders gone, Pearson might be the best post player in the CAA.
There are a few things for certain though this upcoming season. First, the basketball in the CAA will again be good, especially with three veteran teams at the top of the league. Second, without fail, recent history has shown that one of the four top regular season teams in the CAA will win the CAA Tournament. And finally, once again, I will be having my share of Aunt Sarah's pancakes while in town for the CAA Tournament in Richmond in March. As much as many things change, some things stay the same.