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Butler And VCU To Join Atlantic 10 in 2012-13, George Mason Staying In CAA

Butler and VCU will both be making the jump to the Atlantic 10 next season, while George Mason will remain in the CAA.

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Butler To Join Atlantic 10 In 2012-13

The Butler Bulldogs will leave the Horizon League and join the Atlantic 10 for the 2012-13 season, the school announced Tuesday. The Bulldogs had originally been scheduled to make the move in 2013-14.

Butler joins the Virginia Commonwealth Rams, formerly a member of the Colonial Athletic Association, in making the move to the A-10 this fall.

The move will cover all Butler athletic programs except football, which will remain in the Pioneer League, and women’s golf. The Atlantic 10 does not host women’s golf, so the Bulldogs will look to another conference for that sport.

Butler had an established reputation of success in men’s basketball before 2010, having appeared in the NCAA tournament eight times between 1997 and 2009. That reputation ascended to a completely different level when the Bulldogs came within one shot of defeating the Duke Blue Devils in the 2010 national championship game. Remarkably, they repeated the feat in 2011, falling to the Connecticut Huskies in the season’s final game.

Given the extreme level of recent success, many felt that the program had outgrown its home in the Horizon League. Take Butler out of the equation and the conference has not had a team seeded better than 11th since 1998. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, earned seeds of 8, 5, 9, 7 and 5 from 2007 to 2011.

For the A-10, this news means that it will be replacing the Temple Owls and Charlotte 49ers – which are leaving for the Big East and Conference USA, respectively – with a pair of programs that each made the Final Four in 2011. VCU lost to Butler in the ’11 national semifinals.

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VCU Officially Announces Move To Atlantic 10

Virginia Commonwealth officially announced Tuesday afternoon that it will be leaving the Colonial Athletic Association to become a member of the Atlantic 10 on July 1, 2012.

VCU believes the A-10 represents the best opportunity to meet our long-term aspirations for national academic and athletic achievement,” said VCU President Michael Rao. “As a Division I, nationally competitive athletics program, it is critical that VCU seizes the opportunity to further elevate its athletics as it raises its overall academic profile as a national research university.”

Though the move is being made for all sports, basketball was almost certainly the driving force behind VCU’s decision to leave. The Rams are leaving behind a conference which has received just four at-large bids into the NCAA Tournament since 2000 for one that has received 20 over the same period of time.

“It is my privilege to be able to announce the addition of VCU to the Atlantic 10 Conference. It is an institution rich in tradition, academic excellence and broad-based athletic success,” said Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. “One of the driving forces and priorities of the A-10 is to further enhance our national prominence in men’s basketball, build our brand and strengthen our current footprint. In addition to bringing in well-rounded sports programs across the board, VCU solidifies the A-10 academically and athletically.”

The move means the A-10 will be replacing Temple and Charlotte – which are leaving for the Big East and Conference USA, respectively – with a pair of programs that each made the Final Four in 2011. Butler, which lost in the national title game in both 2010 and 2011, will be joining the Atlantic 10 in the fall of 2013.

VCU has been a member of the CAA for the past 17 years.

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VCU To Join Atlantic 10 In 2012

Virginia Commonwealth will join the Atlantic 10 in the fall of 2012 and not at the beginning of the 2013-14 season as first reported, according to Brett McMurphy of CBSSports.com.

VCU and the A-10 have called a press conference for Tuesday afternoon to formally announce the news.

Formerly a member of the Colonial Athletic Association, VCU would have had to have spent a single season as a member of the Horizon League had the A-10 not permitted it to join immediately. The conference has also added Horizon League member Butler to the fold, but the Bulldogs will not join until the fall of 2013.

The conference switch means VCU will be leaving its chief rival, George Mason, behind in the CAA. Patriot athletic director Tom O’Connor announced that George Mason would not be leaving for the A-10 earlier this month.

The move means the A-10 will be replacing Temple and Charlotte – which are leaving for the Big East and Conference USA, respectively – with a pair of programs that each made the Final Four in 2011. Butler lost in the national title game in both 2010 and 2011.

Though the move is being made for all sports, basketball was almost certainly the driving force behind VCU’s decision to leave. The Rams are leaving behind a conference which has received just four at-large bids into the NCAA Tournament since 2000 for one that has received 20 over the same period of time.

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VCU Leaving The CAA For The Atlantic 10 In 2013

Virginia Commonwealth is leaving the Colonial Athletic Association in 2013 to become a member of the Atlantic 10, according to a report from CBSSports.com.

VCU joins Butler, who announced they were leaving the Horizon League on May 2, as additions to the A-10 for the 2013-14 season. The move also means the Rams will be leaving their chief rival, George Mason, behind in the CAA. Patriot athletic director Tom O’Connor announced that George Mason would not be leaving for the A-10 earlier this month.

The move means the A-10 will be replacing Temple and Charlotte – which are leaving for the Big East and Conference USA, respectively – with a pair of programs that each made the Final Four in 2011. Butler lost in the national title game in both 2010 and 2011.

Though the move is being made for all sports, basketball was almost certainly the driving force behind VCU’s decision to leave. The Rams are leaving behind a conference which has received just four at-large bids into the NCAA Tournament since 2000 for one that has received 20 over the same period of time.

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Butler Will Join Atlantic 10 Conference In 2013

At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Butler will officially announce that it is leaving the Horizon League for the Atlantic 10, beginning in 2013.

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