ESPN: Butler’s move to A-10 official

Then-sophomore forward David Pellom drives to the net against Temple last season. Butler will reportedly replace Temple in the A-10. | Hatchet File Photo

Butler will officially join the Atlantic 10 Wednesday, reported today, ending months of speculation about the Bulldogs’ move to the league.

The Bulldogs will leave the Horizon League to formally ask for admission to the Atlantic 10 and serve as the A-10’s replacement for Temple, which will head to the Big East in 2013.

“Butler will officially join the Atlantic 10 for the 2013-14 season Wednesday, a source with direct knowledge of the negotiation process told Tuesday night,” Andy Katz reported.

This season, the Butler men’s basketball team went 20-14 overall, falling in the semifinals of the Horizon League championship to Valparaiso before earning a postseason CBI bid.

Prior to this year, Butler made five straight appearances in the NCAA tournament, starting with a trip to the Sweet Sixteen in 2007. The Bulldogs made it to the title game in the NCAA tournament in 2010 and again in 2011, falling to Duke and Connecticut, respectively.

“The A-10 pulled off a coup in basketball realignment that is akin at its level to the ACC getting Syracuse and Pitt from the Big East in the power six,” Katz wrote. “The A-10 had to replace a legitimate tradition-rich basketball school in Temple with a comparable school and did so with Butler.”

Changes to the A-10’s roster of programs likely will not end with Butler’s move. VCU and George Mason remain on the list of potential additions to the league, and reported Tuesday that Charlotte will likely leave the Atlantic 10 and is considering a move to Conference USA once it adds a football program in 2013.

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