March 4, 2012; Richmond, VA USA; Virginia Commonwealth Rams guard/forward Bradford Burgess (20) dribbles the ball past George Mason Patriots forward Jonathan Arledge (5) in the second half of their semifinal game of the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Tournament at the Richmond Coliseum. The Rams won 74-64. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE
The George Mason Patriots, CAA conference foe VCU Rams and Horizon League's Butler Bulldogs might all be making the move to the Atlantic 10, according to a report from CBSSports.com.
VCU, George Mason and Butler have had discussions with the Atlantic 10 and indicated to the league they have potential interest in joining for the 2013-14 school year, sources told CBSSports.com.
VCU and George Mason are currently in the Colonial Athletic Association and Butler is in the Horizon League. All three schools would need approval from their respective school boards to make the move.
Grabbing all three of these schools would be a major coup for the Atlantic 10, as all have made Final Four runs in the past five years and would greatly bolster the level of competition in the league, which in turn would benefit the programs themselves as they currently reside in "one-bid" leagues. If George Mason and VCU were to leave the Colonial Athletic Association, the league could be in serious trouble, as they would have to scramble to replace two of the perennial conference powers.