In the span of mere days, officials at College of Charleston and Davidson made conflicting decisions regarding whether they should remain in the Southern Conference or accept an invitation to join the Colonial Athletic Association.
Now, history will evaluate the trajectory of these two programs against one-another in an effort to determine who made the better decision.
College of Charleston reportedly will accept an invitation to join the CAA, a decision that suggests the Cougars believe a more prestigious conference with greater TV revenue represents their best chance to grow as a program. Davidson will remain in the less high-profile SoCon, in essence sending the message they're comfortable with who they are and the level of success they've enjoyed.
So who got it right? Counterintuitive as it sounds, perhaps both of them.
Davidson had more to lose by leaving the SoCon than Charleston because the Wildcats have the greater recent history in the league.
In the past 11 seasons, Davidson has won its half of the SoCon eight times, made five NCAA tournament appearances and landed two NIT bids. The Wildcats are heavy favorites to win the SoCon and return to the NCAA tournament again next season thanks to the return of five starters from last year's 25-win team.Read More »from They’re taking different paths, but Davidson and College of Charleston both got it right