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Conference Realignment Update: Butler Releases Statement, Does Not Deny 'Catholic 7' Interest

Butler to leave A-10?

Scoop: Butler has been mentioned as a potential candidate to join the Big East’s “Catholic 7” in creating a new basketball-centric athletic conference. The school also released a statement that did little to downplay its potential inclusion.

Significance: Butler’s rich basketball history would make the school an ideal fit for such a conference.

Story: Butler University addressed the rumor of its involvement in Big East realignment today. President James Danko released the following statement:

“I greatly respect—and agree with—the collective conviction of the “Catholic 7” to control their own destiny or someone else will.Butler, too, has controlled its destiny proactively, for example, when it made the decision to join the outstanding Atlantic 10 Conference and through its values-based approach to athletics.

The fact that Butler is now being mentioned prominently as a potential candidate to join the “Catholic 7” universities in a new athletic league, is a tribute to the success of our athletic program overall and our men’s basketball team, in particular.

Our team has proven consistently and continuously that it is one of the very best in the nation, and that they are one of the biggest brands in men’s college basketball. This national prestige naturally leads to speculation about Butler’s athletic future.

Our administrators, our coaches, our trustees and our team will continue to do what is right for Butler and its students. Decisions will be made, first and foremost, with the University’s strong values and The Butler Way at heart. Our uncompromising commitments to integrity, to placing one’s team above oneself, and to the academic and personal growth of each of our student-athletes will remain paramount.”

It sounds like Butler is keeping its options open after moving to the Atlantic Ten Conference this year.