Thursday , Nov , 06 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Atlantic 10 offers membership to Charlotte, St. Louis

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

The Atlantic 10 Conference extended membership offers Thursday to UNC
Charlotte and St. Louis University, both current members of Conference USA.

The announcement was made by commissioner Linda Bruno.

“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,” Bruno said. “In addition, the success
of their Olympic sports programs would enhance the entire league. We all look
forward to Charlotte and Saint Louis accepting our invitations.”

The announcement comes 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

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.

The Atlantic 10 Conference consists of Dayton, Duquesne, Fordham, George
Washington, La Salle, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Richmond, St. Bonaventure,
Saint Joseph’s, Temple and Xavier.

It will crown champions in 21 sports this season, including baseball, men’s
and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s
golf, women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track & field,
women’s rowing, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s swimming
& diving, men’s and women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball.