ASHEVILLE, NC (WRCB) -- The Southern Conference will not comment on the possible departure of any of its schools.
SoCon officials said as much in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon, but also addressed reports of a deadline given to its schools on the matter.
"Per Southern Conference policy, the league office will not be making any public comments regarding membership issues," league officials said in a statement.
"Additionally, despite numerous published reports citing a July 4th deadline, the conference office has not issued any ultimatums to its member schools regarding conference affiliation."
The statement comes on the heels of multiple reports confirming Davidson, College of Charleston and Appalachian State have been officially contacted by the Colonial Athletic Association regarding the possibility of leaving the SoCon.
The Burlington Times-News, one of the first to report the story two weeks ago, defined "official contact" as official discussions and meetings, not invitations or offers.
The Times-News also reported that while no hard deadline was ever given, SoCon officials were hoping to receive a decision from the contacted schools by Wednesday.
The CAA is seeking new programs to replace VCU (Atlantic 10), Old Dominion (Conference USA) and Georgia State (Sun Belt), who are all leaving the league in the next two years.
Two more SoCon schools, Furman and Elon, as well as Stony Brook of the America East Conference, have also been reported as possible CAA targets in realignment plans.