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George Mason to join Atlantic 10

March 25, 2013 at 4:43 PM
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FAIRFAX, Va., March 25 (UPI) -- George Mason University is joining the Atlantic 10 Conference, which is looking to fill a series of defections.

Officials at George Mason said the move is effective July 1. George Mason is currently a member of the Colonial Athletic Association, which it helped establish in 1979.

"This is an exciting time for George Mason University," George Mason President Angel Cabrera said in a statement Monday. "After careful consideration, we have concluded that joining the A-10 is the right move at the right time for Mason."

The A-10 is losing four schools from its current 17-school membership. Butler and Xavier are joining the new Big East Conference; Temple is joining schools from the former Big East; and Charlotte is moving to Conference USA.

Former CAA members Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth are in the Atlantic 10.

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