VCU is saying goodbye to the Colonial Athletic Association. According to a report from Brett McMurphy at CBS Sports, VCU will join the Atlantic 10 Conference for the 2013 season. The news follows weeks of rumors that had the Rams bolting to join Butler in the A10 as conference alignment continues to shake up the college sports landscape.
Talk of a CAA exodus began roughly two months ago with reports of Butler, George Mason and VCU in talks to join the Atlantic 10. Butler joined earlier this month. George Mason opted to stay in the CAA.
The reason for the flight, according to most experts, is the image of the CAA as a conference that will only have one team, the conference champions, in the NCAA tournament. The Atlantic 10 has had multiple tournament bids in the last five years. VCU went to the Final Four in 2011, and Butler made consecutive Final Four appearances in 2010 and 2011.