George Mason elects to stay in the CAA

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FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) -- George Mason is staying in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Athletic director Tom O'Connor says a committee of senior officials assessed the goals and priorities of the Virginia school and decided that the CAA best met George Mason's interests.

He says the panel felt George Mason's status as a founding member of the league was important. It also concluded that the geography and competitiveness of the league provides stability and that the future of the conference is "exciting."

George Mason is the first of three schools considering leaving the CAA to announce its decision. The other two are Virginia Commonwealth and Old Dominion.

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