Davidson officially joins Atlantic 10 for 2014 season

Davidson officially joins Atlantic 10 for 2014 season
May 8, 2013, 11:45 am
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The Atlantic 10 has once again made up for its losses. At least in number.

As expected, the conference officially welcomed Davidson on Wednesday morning.

Davidson will join the A-10 on July 1, 2014 and begin competition that fall, meaning it will stay in the Southern Conference one more year.

“Davidson is an ideal fit for the Atlantic 10 – as a nationally recognized academic Institution complimented by excellence in a broad-based athletic program -- the Wildcats will be competitive immediately. Their success in men's basketball is important, bringing another nationally recognized brand into the league," A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade said in a statement.

"[It] will maintain our presence in the Charlotte market, one of the top 25 media markets in the country, and reinforce our commitment to national prominence in men’s basketball.”

Davidson is a natural geographic fit for the conference and will replace the departing Charlotte, which returns to Conference USA this summer.

Davidson is the second program the A-10 has added this spring. The conference accepted an application from George Mason back in March, and the Patriots will join this July.

Those additions are an attempt to make up for the league's recent losses. Temple and the aforementioned Charlotte will join their new conferences -- C-USA and the newly formed American Athletic Conference -- this year. Xavier and Butler, meanwhile, are in the new Big East along with Creighton, Villanova, St. John's, Georgetown, Marquette, Seton Hall, Providence and DePaul.

Butler joined the A-10 last year along with VCU -- helping to off-set the losses of Temple and Charlotte -- but lasted just one season before moving on.

This latest move continues the wider ripple effect major-conference realignment has had across the college landscape. Davidson is the second school the Southern Conference has lost to the realignment picture, as the College of Charleston is set to join the Colonial Athletic Association in order to replace George Mason. Three schools -- GMU, Georgia State and Old Dominion -- are leaving the CAA this summer. VCU left the CAA for the A-10 last year.

The A-10 will play with 13 teams for basketball this upcoming season and be back at 14, with Davidson's arrival, by July 2014.

That assumes other member schools do not leave the conference. Saint Louis and Dayton, for example, are considered prime candidates for further Big East expansion.

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