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Tom O'Connor denies any Atlantic 10 discussions involving George Mason

George Mason Basketball: Tom O'Connor denies any Atlantic 10 discussions involving George Mason

Monday, March 26, 2012

Tom O'Connor denies any Atlantic 10 discussions involving George Mason

George Mason athletic director Tom O'Connor issued a written statement today in regards to the George Mason to the Atlantic 10 rumors:
"George Mason University has not had any formal discussions nor have we been invited to join the Atlantic 10 Conference. As a founding member of the Colonial Athletic Association, we are proud of the CAA’s accomplishments and are committed to the success of the conference. The nature of college athletics dictates that we have to be aware of all the discussions that may be going on with conference membership issues on all levels. We have the responsibility to ensure that Mason is in the best position to continue the success of our athletic programs within the mission of George Mason University."
Steven Goff of the Washington Post later added this after he met with O'Connor:

VCU put out similar statements today, with the key word being "formal". O'Connor denies the school has discussed any conference movement that the A10 has not approached him or George Mason. A formal invitation has been issued but I think where there's smoke there's fire.

Michael Litos puts out that CAA teams are due money on June 30 for the conference's NCAA tournament units. This includes money still being redistributed among CAA teams for George Mason's Final Four run in 2006 and VCU's last year. So basically, don't expect anything to be said about leaving the CAA until July 1.

Jeff Eisenberg, of Yahoo Sports also has a good write-up on the situation from today.


Anonymous 93Patriot said...

Why is Mason not pursuing this?  Even if we weren't before, the opportunity has just presented itself.  Get us out of this awful CAA conference and into something far more competitive. Oh, and the A10 would take away VCU's home court advantage.  That alone makes it worth it!  The CAA tournament is a joke - held in an awful building in a bad part of town with no services whatsoever. The A10? Atlantic City baby!

6:56 PM  
Anonymous BP said...

it gets better...the A10 tournament will now be held in the brand new Barclays Arena in Brooklyn!!

11:20 PM  
Anonymous Ross_williams1 said...

I think that Ryan is correct. The school is not going to do or say anything that would risk money owed to them. Also, GMU will make their decison the dollary cost/benefit of moving to a new conference and not what makes sense to the fans. I bet that in the back of TOC's mind is that if VCU leaves then GMU will be king of the CAA hill, that he would rather be a big fish in a little pond.

10:55 AM  

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