Butler to Join A-10
Today, the Atlantic 10 Conference welcomed its newest member school. Butler University was unanimously accepted to join the conference by the Presidents of the current A-10 member schools. The announcement was made at a press conference by A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade and Xavier President and Chair of the Atlantic 10 Council of Presidents, Father Michael Graham. “The Presidents of the A-10 member schools could not be more enthusiastic about adding Butler University to our conference,” Graham said. Butler will be leaving behind the Horizon Conference. They will join the A-10 for the 2013-2014 season, the same season which will see the departure of the Temple Owls for the Big East Conference. Though the addition of Butler will keep the A-10 at 14 members, Father Graham said, “The question was never replacing Temple, the question was advancing the status of the Atlantic 10 Conference.”
Butler men’s basketball boasts an impressive record in recent history, visiting the NCAA Final Four in two of the last three seasons. “Butler’s program has been among the elite programs in the country in recent years, having advanced to the NCAA Championship game in back-to-back years in 2010 and 2011. For us, to be able to compete in conference play against the level of competition that Coach Brad Stevens and his team brings, is very exciting to our players and staff,” said GW men’s basketball coach Mike Lonergan. The Colonials will also compete against the Bulldogs in 17 of the 21 A-10 sports in which Butler participates.