As expected, Butler University will be joining the illustrious Atlantic Ten conference starting with the 2013-14 season.
I can’t think of a better person than Dick “Hoops” Weiss to provide the fluffy details:
Butler will officially join the Atlantic 10 for the 2013-14 season Wednesday. The Bulldogs will leave the Horizon League in all sports and replace Temple to become the A-10’s newest member for the 2013-14 season.
Temple is leaving the A-10 in 2013-14 for the Big East in all sports. Temple’s football program is joining the Big East this fall.
Butler was a two-time NCAA tournament runner-up under coach Brad Stevens in 2010 and 2011 and played in the CBI ths year. The school, located in Indianapolis, will be the fourth Midwest program to join the league and should give St. Lous a tavel partner.
The A-10, hoping to remain at 14 teams, will lkely need to add another team to replace UNC-Charlotte, which is leaving the league for Conference USA.
The league has had talks with Colonial Athletic Association members George Mason and VCU, but the latter is on hold with the departure of athletic director Norwood Teague to the same position to Minnesota.
The A-10 isn’t opposed to going to 16 teams, but then would have to have a third member, possibly out of the CAA, to get to that number.
16 is a nice, round number. With news that Old Dominion is likely headed to CUSA, the days of the CAA appear to be numbered. Outside of Mason and VCU, I can’t think of another Colonial member that would make sense for inclusion into the A10 — Hofstra, Drexel? Doesn’t do anything for me.
From a personal standpoint, Butler is a team I will love to hate. I’ve dubbed them Horseshoe University due to the often miraculous manner in which the Bulldogs have pulled off NCAA tournament victories. Nothing will make me happier than watching A10 teams knock the sheen off of Brad Stevens’ reputation.
The competition is about to get tougher, Archie better hit the gym. Can I suggest http://www.gsprushfit.com/? It’s the perfect workout program for people who want to kick sand in people’s faces this summer.