VCU Newest Addition to A-10
The Atlantic 10 Conference will expand to 15 member schools for the 2012-2013 athletic season. VCU was accepted to the conference by the Atlantic 10 Council of Presidents, chaired by Xavier President Father Michael Graham. The announcement came this afternoon from Father Graham and A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. “The addition of Virginia Commonwealth University to the Atlantic 10 further strengthens us as the nation’s premier basketball-driven conference,” Father Graham said. VCU will begin competing in the A-10 as of the fall of 2012. The Rams will be departing the Colonial Athletic Association.
VCU has had recent success on the hardwood, with the men’s basketball team making the Final Four in 2011, under the coaching of Shaka Smart. That Cinderella story was ended by Butler, who will also join the A-10 for the 2013-2014 season. This was followed up this past season by a trip to the round of 32. GW Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Lonergan praised the arrival of his new competition. “VCU has a terrific program and is led by one of the top young coaches in the country in Shaka Smart. It is very exciting to have them join the A-10 Conference,” said Lonergan. GW took a loss to VCU, 75-60, at the Verizon Center this past season. GW will also get to face VCU in the other 15 sports which it brings to the A-10.