Davidson College’s basketball and other teams reportedly may be on the verge of leaving the Southern Conference and joining the Atlantic-10 Conference. Citing anonymous sources, CBS Sports reporter Jeff Goodman reported Sunday night that the change could come in 2014-15. Goodman says the change is awaiting approval by Davidson trustees.
If that’s the case, Davidson would become the third team to quit the SoCon in recent weeks. On March 27, Appalachian State and Georgia Southern announced they were joining the Sunbelt Conference. And College of Charleston announced last fall it was leaving to join the Colonial Athletic Association.
Davidson College officials did not confirm the report. The athletic department issued a one-sentence statement Monday: “A strong Southern Conference is in our best interest, but we have to consider all options best for Davidson in this volatile environment.”
A move to the Atlantic 10 would put the Wildcats in a league other mid- or small-sized basketball schools such as UMass, St. Bonaventure, St. Joseph’s, Richmond and LaSalle. (See the A-10 lineup.)
In the game of sports conference dominoes, the A-10 is losing Butler and Xavier, as well as UNC Charlotte, which is going back to its old conference, Conference USA.
April 14, 2013, CBSsports.com, “A-10 close to adding Davidson.”
SOUTHERN CONFERENCE MARCH 27 STATEMENT
On March 27, the Southern Conference issued the following statement about the departures of Appalachian State and Georgia Southern.
Conference Statement Regarding Appalachian State and Georgia Southern
SPARTANBURG, S.C., March 27, 2013 – Southern Conference Commissioner John Iamarino released the following statement regarding Southern Conference membership:
“Today’s announcements by the Sun Belt Conference are no surprise to us. To their credit, the principal administrators at Appalachian State and Georgia Southern and the Sun Belt commissioner have continually kept our office apprised of developments throughout the process.
“While we’re disappointed to be losing Appalachian State and Georgia Southern, the Southern Conference cannot provide the platform their football programs are seeking. We’ll wish them well when they depart.
“Our membership discussions with our presidents, chancellors and athletic directors will continue as they have for the past 18 months and figure to be more focused on specific options with this most recent development. There are quality institutions interested in speaking with us regarding conference membership, and our options remain solid.”by