Richmond, VA (WWBT)- The rumor that VCU was among several schools that were looking to make the jump to the Atlantic 10 has picked up steam during the last two months, but one VCU official will reportedly recommend that the Rams remain where they are... at least for now.
The Daily Press is reporting that athletics director Norwood Teague will recommend to VCU's president that the Rams stay in the CAA at least through the 2012-2013 school year. There is a possibility that some Atlantic 10 teams may be exploring conference jumps of their own, depending on how things play out in the Big East and if that conference loses any teams. If teams like Xavier and Dayton leave to join the Big East, it would make the Atlantic 10 move less attractive for the Rams.
The competition in the A10 has led to more NCAA at-large bid. This past season, VCU was the only CAA school to reach the NCAA Tournament, earning that automatic berth by winning the conference tournament. No CAA teams received at-large bids in 2012, while three Atlantic 10 teams received berths. St. Bonaventure won the conference tournament in upset fashion, while Xavier, Temple and St. Louis earned spots in the field as well. According to the Daily Press report, the Atlantic 10 has gotten 28 at-large NCAA Tournament bids in the last 15 years, compared to just four from the CAA.
VCU, CAA counterpart George Mason and Butler of the Horizon League have been linked in at least two published reports in the last month and a half that indicated they were looking to make a move to the Atlantic 10.
A message left with Teague left Sunday has not yet been returned.