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It's official: George Mason is heading to the Atlantic 10 conference

George Mason Basketball: It's official: George Mason is heading to the Atlantic 10 conference

Sunday, March 24, 2013

It's official: George Mason is heading to the Atlantic 10 conference

Finally, after all the rumors and supposed turning down of this opportunity last summer, George Mason will be playing in the Atlantic 10 conference. Both Steven Goff of the Washington Post and Jeff Goodman of CBS are reporting that the official renouncement will come tomorrow. Mason will move immediately on July 1, like VCU did last year, to avoid being a lame duck CAA member like ODU and Georgia State were this season.
For those that think the A10 won't be that great in two years consider this, it's a basketball conference with zero football obligations or aspirations. That alone makes it a good move for Mason's basketball program. The CAA, while known for basketball, is still trying to be a player in college football. George Mason doesn't have football and isn't going to get it, so why not join a conference that is basketball only? Even if Dayton and St. Louis leave, you still have VCU, La Salle (currently in Sweet 16), UMass, George Washington, Richmond, and a hand full of other schools who have a much better basketball history and resources than the likes of the remaining CAA members. 

George Mason will make the announcement tomorrow at 1 pm. 


Anonymous Keith Thomas Bateman said...

Best basketball related move Mason has made since.....well its been a while. But GREAT MOVE. Can't hate on a conference championship played in the Barclays Center.

8:17 PM  
Anonymous Brian Patterson said...

I'm excited about the move, but man... we are gonna struggle for a while playing that type of competition in conference play.

9:32 PM  
Anonymous Andy Delbridge said...

Awesome!!! A-10 will be the CAA of old.... Richmond, VCU, now GMU. Great news!

10:31 PM  
Anonymous Acustic Sunrise said...

I wished Xavier would stay

10:45 PM  
Anonymous gmu95 said...

I think GMU will be competitive next year with so many seniors. I hope Hewitt can pull off some recruiting magic though, GMU is going to need it or it is going to be tough to compete after year 1 in the A-10.

12:41 AM  
Anonymous Rick Jank said...

Great news! Yeah, the A-10 is losing some teams, but still is overall superior to what the CAA has to offer anymore. The talent level kind of reminds me of what we had in the CAA two or three years ago, only better at the bottom ranks. Hopefully the university will realize their need to invest in the program after this move.

12:29 PM  
Anonymous StopWearingPurple said...

What he said.
Also, other than Fordham, the conference tournament isn't in other school's backyard. Of course, unless JMU also moves, I will need a new screen name.

1:06 PM  

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