Boston University Leaves America East For The Patriot League

TULSA, OK - MARCH 18: The Boston University Terriers mascot reacts during the second round game against the Kansas Jayhawks in the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 18, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Boston University announced Friday that it is leaving the America East to become the ninth full member of the Patriot League.

Boston University is leaving the America East and heading to the Patriot League, the school announced Friday.

The move will take place on July 1, 2013, and the Terriers will begin play in the Patriot League during the 2013-14 academic year.

"Boston University is an outstanding addition to our membership as a private institution with a robust academic reputation and prolific athletic history," said Patriot League Council of Presidents Chair Daniel Weiss in a release. "This decision to add Boston University to the Patriot League mirrors the Presidents' commitment and vision to the stability and long-term positioning of the League."

Boston, which has been a member of the America East Conference for the past seven seasons, will join the Patriot League in the following sports: men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country and track and field, field hockey, women's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, women's rowing, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming and diving and men's and women's tennis.

The Terriers become the ninth full member of the Patriot League, which also includes American, Lehigh, Lafayette, Bucknell, Holy Cross, Army and Navy.

Boston University had also been rumored to be a potential addition to the Colonial Athletic Association, which is looking to replace VCU and Georgia State.

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