Monday , Nov , 10 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Charlotte accepts A-10 invite

=== Charlotte accepts A-10 invite ===

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – The ongoing game of musical chairs in college
athletics is seemingly endless.

UNC Charlotte accepted an invitation to join the Atlantic 10 Conference on
Monday, joining a sweeping trend in college athletics that has seen the
reorganization of conferences like the ACC and Big East.

The 49ers, who have been a member of Conference USA since 1995-96, will move
to the A-10 for the 2005-06 season.

“We have enjoyed being a part of Conference USA,” said university chancellor
James Woodward. “However, in many ways, the Atlantic 10 is the perfect fit for
UNC Charlotte.”

The A-10 currently includes the University of Dayton, Duquesne, Fordham,
George Washington, La Salle, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Richmond, St.
Bonaventure, Saint Joseph’s, Temple and Xavier.

Along with the invitation extended to Charlotte, the Atlantic 10 also offered
membership last Thursday to St. Louis University, another member of Conference

“The two institutions fit perfectly with the current Atlantic 10 membership
and would further strengthen our position as one of the best college
basketball conferences in the country,” A-10 commissioner Linda Bruno said
last week.

The announcement by Bruno came just two days after C-USA added Central
Florida, Marshall, Rice, SMU and Tulsa to replace departed members
Cincinnati, Louisville, Marquette, DePaul and South Florida, which fled to the
Big East

Charlotte, which has over 19,000 students, sponsors the Atlantic 10 sports of
men’s and women’s basketball, among many others. But the addition of the 49ers
basketball programs to an already talent-rich — and improving — Atlantic 10
Conference will be the major boost.

The 49ers men’s basketball team has been to nine NCAA Tournaments, including
five in the last seven years. Additionally, 11 of the 49ers’ 16 sports have
been represented in NCAA Tournament competition since 1991 and nine sports
have claimed conference championships since that time.

“Along with the other members, we are pleased and proud to welcome them to the
Atlantic 10 family,” said Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, president of The George
Washington University and president of the Atlantic 10 Conference Presidents

The conference shakeups have been a domino effect since the ACC pried Miami
and Virginia Tech from the Big East in a high-profile move this year.