Butler makes it official, switches conferences to revamped Big East

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As the Butler Bulldogs prepare for their NCAA Tournament match-up against Bucknell, the university announced plans to switch conferences again.

After spending one season in the Atlantic 10, Butler will join the revamped Big East Conference, joining Creighton University, DePaul University, Georgetown University, Marquette University, Providence College, Seton Hall University, St. John’s University, Villanova University and Xavier University.

The conference membership begins in July 2013, according to Butler President James M. Danko.

“Joining the Big East is an unprecedented opportunity for Butler and represents an ideal fit for us—academically, athletically, and geographically,” Danko said.

It’s another quick switch for the Bulldogs, who joined the Atlantic 10 in 2012 after leaving the Horizon League. Butler was a charter member of the Horizon League in 1979, when it was called the Midwestern City Conference. Danko said the Atlantic 10 was a good fit for Butler, but the school couldn’t pass up the chance to join the Big East.

“The A-10, like the Horizon League, is an outstanding conference, and we were honored to be a member,” Danko added. “After in-depth deliberations and analyses, we determined that joining the Big East was the right thing to do for our students and our institution, regardless of the timing of past conference transitions.”

Butler’s football team will remain in the Pioneer League. Other sports will begin Big East play in the fall.