Butler announced today it will be joining the Atlantic 10 immediately this fall, bringing the league to 16 teams.
The Bulldogs were originally supposed to begin play in 2013, but opted to accelerate the timetable, and the A-10 has agreed.
“The Atlantic 10 is looking forward to welcoming Butler immediately for participation in our league,” said commissioner Bernadette McGlade. “We are willing to make all necessary schedule adjustments and modifications to accommodate Butler’s entry into the A-10 on July 1, 2012.
“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. The Atlantic 10 has the potential to have the strongest year in league history in 2012-13 with 16 outstanding programs.”
Barry Collier, Butler AD:
“We are grateful to the Atlantic 10 for welcoming us into the fold a year ahead of schedule. Since announcing our intention to depart after 2012-13, Butler and the Horizon League have discussed the terms for next season. Ultimately, it was in our best interest to reach an agreement with the Horizon League for immediate departure.”