2023 CAA Football Schedules, Coaching Changes, and More

May 7, 2023 by Staff

The Colonial Athletic Association adds former Big South members Campbell and North Carolina A&T as it balloons to 15 teams.

In alphabetical order, the conference is now comprised of Albany, Campbell, Delaware, Elon, Hampton, Maine, Monmouth, New Hampshire, North Carolina A&T, Richmond, Rhode Island, Stony Brook, Towson, Villanova, and William & Mary.

Teams will play 8 conference games. Under the league’s new scheduling format, each team is paired with two permanent partners that it faces every season. The other six conference opponents rotate through the schedule, ensuring that all teams meet each other at least once at home and on the road over an eight-year period. Limiting air travel to reduce costs was also a priority in the new scheduling model, with most teams not having more than one flight each season during conference play.

NFL Draft

William & Mary offensive tackle Colby Sorsdal had his name called out by the Detroit Lions at the NFL Draft on Sunday, April 29. The 5th-round choice was selected with the 152nd over-all pick. Sorsdal is the first William & Mary offensive player selected since 1992.

You have to go back to 2016 to find the last William & Mary player taken at any position when the Chicago Bears chose defensive back DeAndre Houston-Carson with their 6th-round pick. He was still with the Bears last season, playing mostly on special teams but also getting extra on defense due to other player injuries. He made the most of his opportunities with 45 tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and an interception.

The Lions currently have the 9th-best NFL odds at FanDuel.com to reach the next Super Bowl, and the 4th-best odds to win the NFC.

Season Review

Five teams from the conference received berths in the 2022 NCAA FCS playoffs. The five selections were the most for the conference since 2018 and marked the 11th time that at least four CAA teams were chosen for the playoffs.

William & Mary received the automatic qualifier bid and was an over-all 5-seed. At-large bids went to Delaware, Elon, New Hampshire and Richmond.

The Tribe routed Gardner-Webb in the second round 54-14 after getting a first-round bye, but were drubbed 55-7 at No. 4 seed Montana State in the quarterfinals in well below freezing temperatures in Bozeman where it was 17 degrees at kickoff.

Delaware romped 56-17 over St. Francis, Pa. in the first round before getting steamrolled 42-6 at eventual national champion South Dakota State in round 2.

Elon didn't make it out of round one, falling 31-6 at Furman, while New Hampshire and Richmond both advanced as the Wildcats scored a 52-42 win at Fordham and the Spiders were 41-0 home victors over Davidson. However, UNH and Richmond were both bounced in round 2 as the 'Cats fell 35-19 at Holy Cross and the Spiders lost a tight 38-31 decision at Sacramento State.

The 2022 Final FCS Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com had William & Mary at No. 10 and Richmond at No. 20.

New Head Coaches

See the entire list of FCS head coaching changes.

North Carolina A&T - Sam Washington and the school "parted ways" December 15 and Vincent Brown was named as his successor on January 6. Washington had taken over as HC in 2018 after serving as DC since 2011. He was promoted to his first college head coaching job when Rod Broadway retired. Washington helped lead the Aggies to MEAC titles and Celebration Bowl wins in 2018 and 2019 and was named MEAC Coach of the Year in 2018. He was 31-15 over-all, 12-3 in the MEAC and 7-5 in the Big South. NC A&T was 7-4 in 2022 and 1 win away from the Big South title.

Brown will guide the program through its transition to the Colonial (CAA), joining Campbell as first-year members of the conference. Nicknamed "The Undertaker" as an All-Pro NFL linebacker for New England from 1988-1995, Brown has been in the college and pro coaching ranks since 2006. He spent the last 4 seasons as AHC/DC/LB coach at William & Mary after holding those same titles at Howard from 2017-2018. Brown has also worked with the Dallas Cowboys, the Virginia Cavaliers, Richmond Spiders and UConn Huskies.

Towson - After 13 seasons, the school opted to “move in a different direction” and lured Pete Shinnick away from D2 West Florida to replace Rob Ambrose. Shinnick led that school to the national championship in 2019, the championship game in 2017, and the semifinal round in 2022. He was 56-21 for the Argonauts as the school's first football coach. Ambrose was 76-76 in 13 seasons with the Tigers, reaching the FCS title game in 2013 and also appearing in the 2011 and 2018 playoffs.

*-denotes conference game

8/26 Fordham
9/2 at Marshall
9/9 at Hawaii
9/23 at Morgan State
9/30 Villanova*
10/7 at Towson*
10/14 at New Hampshire*
10/21 Rhode Island*
10/28 at Maine*
11/4 William & Mary*
11/11 at Stony Brook*
11/18 Monmouth *

8/31 William & Mary*
9/9 at The Citadel
9/16 at Monmouth*
9/23 Elon*
9/30 at NC Central
10/7 at Hampton*
10/21 Maine*
10/28 at Richmond*
11/4 at North Carolina
11/11 Delaware*
11/18 at North Carolina*

8/31 at Stony Brook *
9/9 at Penn State
9/16 Saint Francis (Pa.)
9/23 New Hampshire *
10/7 Duquesne
10/14 North Carolina A&T *
10/21 at Hampton *
10/28 at Towson *
11/4 Elon *
11/11 at Campbell *
11/18 Villanova *

8/31 at Wake Forest
9/9 at Gardner-Webb
9/16 North Carolina A&T*
9/23 at Campbell*
9/30 William & Mary*
10/7 North Carolina Central
10/14 at Villanova*
10/21 Monmouth*
11/4 at Delaware*
11/11 at Richmond*
11/18 Hampton*

9/2 Grambling (Harrison, N.J.)
9/9 Norfolk State
9/16 Howard (D.C., Audi Field)
9/30 at Richmond*
10/7 Campbell*
10/14 at Monmouth*
10/21 Delaware*
10/28 North Carolina A&T*
11/4 at Maine*
11/11 William & Mary*
11/18 at Elon*

9/2 at Florida International
9/9 at North Dakota State
9/16 Rhode Island*
9/23 at William & Mary*
9/30 Stony Brook*
10/7 at Richmond*
10/14 LIU
10/21 at Campbell*
10/28 Albany*
11/4 Hampton*
11/18 at New Hampshire*

9/2 at Florida Atlantic
9/9 at Towson*
9/16 Campbell*
9/23 at Lafayette
9/30 Lehigh
10/14 Hampton*
10/21 at Elon*
10/28 at William & Mary*
11/4 Stony Brook*
11/11 New Hampshire*
11/18 at Albany*

9/2 at Stonehill
9/9 at Central Michigan
9/16 Dartmouth
9/23 at Delaware*
9/30 Towson*
10/14 Albany*
10/21 at Stony Brook*
10/28 at Rhode Island*
11/4 Villanova*
11/11 at Monmouth*
11/18 Maine*

8/31 at UAB
9/9 North Carolina Central
9/16 at Elon*
9/30 Norfolk State
10/7 Villanova*
10/14 at Delaware*
10/21 Richmond*
10/28 at Hampton*
11/4 Towson*
11/11 at Rhode Island*
11/18 Campbell*

8/31 at Georgia State
9/8 Stony Brook*
9/16 at Maine*
9/23 at Villanova*
9/30 Bryant
10/7 at Brown
10/14 Richmond*
10/21 at Albany*
10/28 New Hampshire*
11/11 North Carolina A&T*
11/18 at Towson*

9/2 Morgan State
9/9 at Michigan State
9/16 Delaware State
9/23 at Stony Brook*
9/30 Hampton*
10/7 Maine*
10/14 at Rhode Island*
10/21 at North Carolina A&T*
10/28 Campbell*
11/11 Elon*
11/18 at William & Mary*

8/31 Delaware*
9/8 at Rhode Island*
9/16 at Arkansas State
9/23 Richmond*
9/30 at Maine*
10/7 at Morgan State
10/14 Fordham
10/21 New Hampshire*
10/28 at Villanova*
11/4 at Monmouth*
11/11 Albany*

9/2 at Maryland
9/9 Monmouth*
9/16 at Morgan State
9/23 Norfolk State
9/30 at New Hampshire*
10/7 Albany*
10/21 at William & Mary*
10/28 Delaware*
11/4 at North Carolina A&T*
11/11 at Villanova*
11/18 Rhode Island*

9/2 at Lehigh
9/9 Colgate
9/16 at UCF
9/23 Rhode Island*
9/30 at Albany*
10/7 at North Carolina A&T*
10/14 Elon*
10/28 Stony Brook*
11/4 at New Hampshire*
11/11 Towson*
11/18 at Delaware*

8/31 at Campbell*
9/9 Wofford
9/16 at Charleston Southern
9/23 Maine*
9/30 at Elon*
10/7 at Virginia
10/21 Towson*
10/28 Monmouth*
11/4 at Albany*
11/11 at Hampton*
11/18 Richmond*