Virginia Tech may leave A-10

(U-WIRE) PITTSBURGH – Virginia Tech may join the Big East in all sports as early as next year.

The Hokies’ football team has competed in the conference since 1993, but the school’s other varsity teams play in the Atlantic 10.

Virginia Tech Athletics Director Jim Weaver said no decision has been declared.

“We haven’t gotten a formal invitation from the Big East, but we’d very much like to be a member, he said.

Because Virginia Tech would have to give the Atlantic 10 a one-year notice of resignation, a decision to switch conferences would have to be reached by the end of June.

If the decision is made this month, Virginia Tech could become a Big East member in all sports on July 1, 2000. If not, the process would have to wait until 2001.

John Paquette, the Big East’s assistant commissioner for public relations, said the conference’s athletics directors negotiated at last week’s meetings.

“Essentially, it’s going to be the presidents of the universities that decide whether Virginia Tech can be involved in all sports,” Paquette said. “There are no meetings scheduled between the presidents, but there are other ways it can get done.”

The Hokies would make the Big East a 14-team basketball conference.

-Brad Cuprik, The Pitt News

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