CBSSports: VCU to join A-10 in 2013

Senior forward Aaron Ware attempts to get a shot off over VCU senior forward Bradford Burgess. Hatchet File Photo

VCU will join the Atlantic 10 starting in 2013, reported Monday morning, citing “industry sources” and following speculation the Rams would join the conference.

VCU will leave the Colonial Athletic Association to join the league. Its move follows a series of shake-ups among the A-10’s ranks, starting with the planned departure of Temple, the addition of Butler and the announced move of Charlotte from the conference. George Mason, once considered a potential new A-10 member along with VCU, announced last week that it would remain in the CAA.

A major factor behind VCU’s decision to join the Atlantic 10 is likely the increase in postseason opportunities. Both Butler and VCU are in “one-bid” leagues where traditionally, only the program that wins the conference tournament earns a NCAA tournament bid. This year, the A-10 advanced four programs to the NCAA tournament and another four to the NIT.

The Colonials faced the Rams in the BB&T Classic last season, falling 75-60.


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