Conference USA is expected to introduce five new members on Friday, but a sixth that was supposed to be joining up either isn't making the move or isn't quite ready just yet. Earlier in the week, Brett McMurphy reported Old Dominion would be making a surprise leap to FBS, leaving the CAA for Conference USA. But then, this:
ODU spokesperson says no press conference on Friday & school will not comment further on ODU's future conference plans— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyCBS) May 3, 2012
This follows a couple days worth of slow-your-rollin' from ODU suits, including a note on Thursday that they've barely had time to properly consider the invite. We could be looking at a case where the CUSA made an invite it presumed would be accepted, but the Monarchs just aren't working with the same timetable. This could also explain why it was such a surprise in the first place -- usually, when a school takes the plunge, there's at least a little buzz beforehand. This one came out of nowhere.
This also means Conference USA is about to have a big to-do expanding to 13 teams. Such a perfect number, and one that surely means they aren't already trying to nail down No. 14. No, that's a lie.