Butler University will join the Atlantic 10 a year earlier than expected.
The Bulldogs, who were among the Horizon League’s founding members in 1979, reached the NCAA Tournament basketball finals in 2010 and ’11. They announced earlier this month that they would be joining the A-10 for the 2013-14 season before deciding that it would be best for both the university and the league to depart immediately.
“The unexpected circumstances that precipitated Butler’s request to move immediately were unfortunate, but we will welcome Butler into the A-10 as a valuable new member,” A-10 commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade said in a news release Tuesday afternoon.
Virginia Commonwealth might have influenced Butler’s decision when it announced on May 15 that the Rams will leave the Colonial Athletic Association to join the A-10 in July. Another factor could have been that the Horizon League was not going to let Butler compete for league titles or in conference tournaments this season, ESPN reported, citing a source.