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VCU to Join A10

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As has been expected for the past month, VCU will announce as soon as this week that they will be joining the A10 as it’s 14th member. The A10 had been in discussions with Butler, VCU and GMU for some time. When Temple left for the Big East, Butler was first tabbed as a replacement. When Charlotte announced they were leaving for CUSA, the conference had only 1 spot available for the #14 spot. There had been some discussion of the A10 growing to 16 schools, but that scenario was only in play is ODU were to have joined with Butler, VCU and GMU. But with ODU exploring a move to CUSA, and expected to make the move, it meant there were formal A10 invitations for only Butler and VCU.

The addition of VCU gives the A10 a second recent Final Four school, along with 2 time finals participant, Butler. With the A10 recent conference office move to Virginia, and the departure of Philadelphia school, Temple, the A10 also seems to have an unofficial geographic shift to the DC/VA area with George Washington (DC), Richmond and now VCU in the conference.

VCU will join for the 2012-2013 season.

The loss fo VCU, Georgia St. and perhaps ODU will further deplete the CAA membership. VCU, ODU and GMU account for virtually allt he success of the conference over the past 7 years. With football sponsorship a top CAA motive, it means that the CAA will likely need to replace Georgia St. and ODU (should ODU leave) with 2 all-sport members with football. Stony Brook and Coastal Carolina are considered top candidates. If Appalachian St. is left out of any Sun Belt or CUSA expansion, the school might consider some initial thoughts about teaming up with CAA members such as JMU, Delaware, Villanova, W&M, etc in CAA football. Another option for the CAA would be to expand to the north with UNH and Maine. Liberty was thought to be a candidate, but with their FBS upgrade goals, they are less likely a candidate.

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  • Bob

    VCU now leaving a year earlier is a powerful coup.
    Why wait…?…for what…?
    The A-10 is a High-major…why stay around in a dying
    mid-major.  It makes all the common sence in the World.

  • Because in the CAA, it’s more likely that it’s a 1 bid conference. That, and they would be not be eligible for the conference tournament, so they would have next to no tourney shot.

  • Kro

    Why would VCU enter a year before Charlotte and Temple leave? Doesn’t make much sense.

  • Bob

    VCU is reporting that they are leaving immediately
    to go the A-10 this Sept. 2012, instead of waiting a year.
    Details from the VCU press conference 1:30 today.
    Followed by the A-10 media conference @ 2:30 afternoon.

  • schmolik

    Drexel and Hofstra should leave for the MAAC or Patriot, more geographically friendly conferences and conferences where they don’t have to play the basketball tournament in Richmond every damn year.

  • Ryanworbs

    I’m guessing that CAA will lose ODU as well and will drop to 9 members.  In order to keep everyone happy I think they should add Boston U., Stony Brook, and Coastal Carolina.  That gives you 12 all sports members neatly divided into a north and south division:

    North–N’eastern, Boston U., Stony Brook, Hofstra, Drexel, Delaware
    South–Towson, George Mason, James Madison, William & Mary, UNC Wilmington, Coastal Carolina

    For football you have 10 after you throw in the football affiliates:
    New Hampshire*
    Stony Brook
    James Madison
    William and Mary
    Coastal Carolina

  • Bob

    The A-10 becomes a power hoop conference
    now with Butler (2 Final 4’s) & VCU (1 Final 4)
    in the last 3 seasons. Maybe a Top 5 conference
    year in and year out. It is a amazing turn of events
    for The Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Conference !!


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