Is someone joining Butler in the A-10?

I don’t know what types of rumors are more fun, conference expansion, the coaching carousel, NBA Draft, or transfers, but we’ve got them all this offseason. The latest and greatest actually manages to combine two. After Gary Parrish posted an email from the Duquesne president outlining why the school fired Ron Everhart it has come to some people’s attention that there is an interesting line near the end.

Here’s the text in question (emphasis mine):

While not a regular contender for leadership in our conference, Duquesne is no longer the doormat. The A10 conference itself is on the verge of a major improvement with the addition of new high quality university programs. All of this amounts to an exciting professional opportunity for a new coach.

Yup, “new high quality university programs.” The plural is what’s most important here, because it sounds like Butler is a done deal. (Depending on who you believe.) Who else could be heading to the Atlantic 10 and what kind of shakeup would that entail?

It sounds like the conference ripe for poaching is the Colonial Athletic Association. The poor CAA just signed a contract with NBC Sports Network and already there are rumors flying about schools leaving. Richmond head coach Chris Mooney, who is a Princeton grad and a smart guy, floated the idea yesterday that he’d like to see George Mason and VCU join the Atlantic 10. Of course he would. The Richmond-VCU rivalry would instantly become one of the hottest properties in the league.

That would turn the Atlantic 10 into a 16-team college basketball league. Not only that. It’d be one that could rival many BCS conferences in terms of quality. It’d be a basketball superpower.

Notice I said “basketball” there. That’s what’s most interesting about the rumors related to the A-10. We’ve reached an inflection point in the expansion process it seems. Whereas before administrators were attempting to find a home for their Division I Bowl Subdivision football teams, they’ve now moved on and are starting to find the right fit both geographically and competitively for the remainder of their athletic programs.

You know what’s the most interesting part of all this? Say the A-10 does take Butler, George Mason and VCU. How does this look for a couple of divisions:

North –

St. Louis
St. Bonvaenture
Rhode Island

South – 

George Mason
Saint Joseph’s
George Washington

Who says “No” to that? I can’t think of anyone that would have a huge gripe. Aren’t rumors fun?

4 thoughts on “Is someone joining Butler in the A-10?

  1. Talking about Div I college basketball transfers, is there an accessible source that would list transfers who would be eligible for the coming year, as well as an overall list of current transfers? Fox Sports had such a list in previous years, but apparently no longer provides. That could be an interesting feature for this website.


    1. In the past CBS’ Jeff Goodman has put together that list when he was at FOX. He did it at midseason with CBS, so I’d expect to see it again once he finishes with NCAA tournament coverage.


  2. Since we’re talking about CAA teams potentially moving over, why wouldn’t the A-10 take a look at Hofstra and/or Drexel as well? Recent success, decent-sized fan bases, quality mid-major venues, plus a built-in geographic rival (Fordham and St. Joe’s) for each one that also doubles as a large media market for the conference to compete with the Big East, and an increased presence in New York from Hofstra’s perspective since the conference is already holding both their media day and tournament in Brooklyn. Your thoughts?


    1. Well, part of the reason is that the A-10 is going to be all full if it add Butler, VCU and GMU. Only the Big East seems to think that more than 16 teams is manageable for a basketball league. (And they’re probably kidding themselves.) My guess is the Virginia teams are more attractive candidates than Hofstra and Drexel due to their sustained success on the basketball court.


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