The changing football landscape just doesn't happen at the Football Bowl Subdivision level, it's happening at the Football Championship level, as well. According to a report by the Daily News' Steven Marcus, the Stony Brook Seawolves and Albany Great Danes football programs are switching conferences after the 2012-13 season.
Both programs will realign themselves with the Colonial Athletic Association, which already features: Delaware, Villanova, New Hampshire, William & Mary, Richmond, James Madison, Maine and Towson. Stony Brook and Albany would be the league's ninth and 10th members, respectively.
According to a source, who spoke with Marcus, the Stony Brook and Albany have already been confirmed into the CAA.
A news conference announcing the moves is expected next week, the sources said.
When asked about Stony Brook's intention to join the CAA, a university spokesman said in a statement: "As we have consistently stated in the past, we continue to consider Stony Brook's position in the changing landscape of intercollegiate athletics while always operating with the best interests of our student-athletes and institution in mind. As with past precedent, we will not comment further on specific conference realignment . . . or any of the media speculation surrounding it."
Currently, Stony Brook plays football in the Big South Conference, while all its other sports play in the America East Conference. Albany is a part of the Northeast Conference in football and the America East in all other sports.