Butler considers change in athletic conferences

According to a report first released by ESPN, Butler University may be considering changing athletic conferences.

All of Butler’s athletic teams, excluding the football team, play in the Horizon League. The Horizon League currently has 10 member schools from Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio.

Butler has been a member of the conference since its creation in 1979.

The move of Butler to the Atlantic 10 Conference would be a way to fill a void left by Temple University, which is departing for the Big East in 2013.

Associate Athletic Director Jim McGrath said that Butler is following changes in conference affiliations throughout the nation, adding that Butler is “still a member of the Horizon League.”

Five former members of the Horizon League, including Xavier University, have made a jump to the Atlantic 10.

Such a change in conferences would not appear to affect the football team, which is part of the Pioneer Football League.


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