Before the Big East had a chance to introduce new partners Butler and Xavier at their major press conference in New York, the Atlantic 10 released a statement confirming what we all expected: the two schools will join the New Big East conference for next season, bringing their recent history of basketball success to the new league.
"I wish Xavier University and Butler University all the best in their new conference," A-10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade stated. "They are two outstanding universities with outstanding people; our partnership has been mutually beneficial and successful. As a longtime strong A-10 member, Xavier's departure is unfortunate. Butler's departure is a by-product of the chaotic conference realignment environment. BU's association with the A-10 has been a fun ride this year; no regrets from the Atlantic 10 for providing a home for them during the 2012-13 season.
"As a conference, we anticipated this move and are prepared to proactively move forward. The A-10 is strong - we have 16 basketball teams participating in the postseason and will focus on them right now. NCAA Postseason is an exciting time not to be overshadowed by conference realignment.
"Lastly I would like to acknowledge both presidents: Rev. Michael Graham and James Danko for their cooperation and professionalism in their management of this issue. It has been an honor to work with and for them."