The rumors that the George Mason Patriots and Va. Commonwealth Rams would leave the Colonial Athletic Association seem to no longer be rumors. The two CAA foes will join the Atlantic 10 conference on May 1, according to a tweet by New York Post sportswriter Lenn Robbins.
George Mason and VCU to the A-10 on May 1...Butler probably...The Post has learned— Lenn Robbins (@LennRobbins) April 20, 2012
The decision now puts both teams in probably one of the best basketball conferences in the country and in a conference that consistently earns multiple at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament.
George Mason was a charter member of the CAA, joining when the conference formed in 1983. During their time in the conference, the Men's Basketball team has won four conference championships and has made six NCAA Tournament appearances, including their famous run to the Final Four in 2006.
VCU has been a member of the CAA since 1995. The Men's basketball team in that span has won five conference championships and has made six NCAA Tournament appearances, including their Final Four appearance in 2011.