The College of Charleston will join the Colonial Athletic Association beginning July 1, 2013, according to the CAA website. The announcement was made on Friday afternoon by CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager. The news was met with excitement and approval by athletic directors from the conference.
The College of Charleston has been a Division I competitor since 1991, and fields 21 varsity teams. Since 1998, they have competed in the Southern Conference. They enjoy success in a variety of sports including basketball, volleyball, tennis, and golf, though they do not have a football team. The men's basketball team has appeared in the NCAA tournament four times, most recently in 1999.
When they join the CAA next season, the CofC Cougars will compete against the University of Delaware, Drexel University, George Mason University, Hofstra University, James Madison University, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Northeastern University, Towson University, and the College of William and Mary.