If you are a fan of the Butler Bulldogs, you are going to have to learn your new conference a little faster than you thought.
Butler announced this afternoon (Tuesday) they've reached an agreement with their now former conference...the Horizon...to speed up the move to the Atlantic 10 by a year.
In other words, they start A-10 play...this season (2012).
Read the school's press release RIGHT HERE
Good for the Bulldogs.
And the Atlantic 10, which along with the addition of Virginia Commonwealth, becomes what will be considered the premier "Mid-Major" conference in college hoops.
Quite honestly, we don't know why a conference (Big East) would make someone who has agreed to leave, play a lame-duck season or 3 before they are allowed to go. It doesn't do anything to foster relationships among the member schools and basically just makes group meetings really, really awkward.