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Atlantic 10 Expansion: George Washington Excited To Have Butler Join The Conference

News broke today that the Butler Bulldogs will officially join the Atlantic 10 conference in all sports effective in 2013. People in the George Washington Colonials' athletic department are excited to have a two-time national basketball finalist in their conference.

Athletic Director Patrick Nero:

Not only is Butler a welcome addition to our league, but this move exemplifies once again why the George Washington University is proud to be part of the A-10

Men's basketball head coach Mike Lonergan:

For us, to be able to compete in conference play against the level of competition that Coach Brad Stevens and his team brings, is very exciting to our players and staff.

Women's basketball head coach Johnathan Tsipis

The A-10 is fortunate to be able to add Butler women's basketball to a group of teams that battles year-in and year-out for conference supremacy.

Despite the news of the Bulldogs joining, there is no news at this time whether the other two teams that were rumored to join Butler in the Atlantic 10, Colonial Athletic Association members Va. Commonwealth Rams and George Mason Patriots, will be joining Butler in the conference.

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