Atlantic 10 Conference

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Atlantic 10 Conference
A-10
Atlantic 10 Conference logo.svg
Established1976
Association NCAA
Division Division I
Subdivisionnon-football
Members14 (14 full; 2 associate)
Sports fielded
  • 21
    • men's: 9
    • women's: 12
Region Eastern United States
Midwestern United States
Former namesEastern Collegiate Basketball League (1976–77)
Eastern Athletic Association (1977–82)
Eastern 8 (unofficial, 1976–82)
Headquarters Newport News, Virginia
CommissionerBernadette McGlade
Website www.atlantic10.com
Locations
Atlantic 10 Conference map.svg

The Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10) is a collegiate athletic conference whose schools compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division I. The A-10's member schools are located in states mostly on the United States Eastern Seaboard, as well as some in the Midwest: Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Ohio, and Missouri as well as in the District of Columbia. Although some of its members are state-funded, half of its membership is made up of private, Catholic institutions. Despite the name, there are 14 full-time members, and two affiliate members that participate in women's field hockey only. The current commissioner is Bernadette McGlade, who began her tenure in 2008.

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History

The Atlantic 10 Conference was founded in 1975 as the Eastern Collegiate Basketball League (ECBL) and began conference play in 1976. At that time, basketball was its only sport. After its first season, it added sports other than basketball and changed its name to the Eastern Athletic Association. However, despite its official names, it was popularly known as the Eastern 8, as it then had eight members (Villanova, Duquesne, Penn State, West Virginia, George Washington, Massachusetts, Pittsburgh, and Rutgers).

After changes in membership that saw charter members Villanova and Pittsburgh leave (in 1980 and 1982, respectively) and new members St. Bonaventure (1979), Rhode Island (1980), Saint Joseph's (1982), and Temple (1982) enter, establishing the league with 10 members, the conference adopted the current Atlantic 10 name in 1982.

Further membership changes saw the league expand to its maximum of 16 members. From 1997 through 2006, the league also operated a football conference; during that period, more than 20 schools were participating in A-10 competition in at least one sport. This ended when the A-10 football programs all departed to join a new football conference sponsored by the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). In 2012, Butler joined the conference after leaving the Horizon League and VCU joined after leaving the CAA.

Conference realignment in 2013 saw the departure of Temple to the American Athletic Conference, Butler and Xavier to the reconfigured Big East, and Charlotte to Conference USA. George Mason joined from the CAA, and Davidson from the Southern Conference announced it would join in 2014.

The league office headquarters has been located in Newport News, Virginia since the Fall of 2009. [1] Prior to that, the headquarters was in Philadelphia, within a few miles of member schools Saint Joseph's and La Salle.

The conference currently has media deals with ESPN, CBS Sports Network, NBCSN, Stadium, and digital broadcasts with ESPN+.

Member schools

Current members

Full members

The following is a list of the full members of the conference and the year they joined:

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedTypeEnrollmentNicknameColors
Davidson College Davidson, North Carolina 18372014Private – Presbyterian
(PCUSA)
1,843 Wildcats          
University of Dayton Dayton, Ohio 18501995Private – Catholic
(Marianists)
11,241 Flyers          
Duquesne University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 18781976,
1993†
Private – Catholic
(Spiritans)
9,274 Dukes          
Fordham University New York, New York 18411995Private – Catholic
(Jesuit)
16,515 Rams          
George Mason University Fairfax, Virginia 19572013Public35,047 Patriots          
George Washington University Washington, D.C. 18211976Private – Non-sectarian28,172 Colonials          
La Salle University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 18631995Private – Catholic
(De La Salle Brothers)
5,191 Explorers          
University of Massachusetts ^ Amherst, Massachusetts 18631976Public
(University of Massachusetts)
30,593 Minutemen and Minutewomen          
University of Rhode Island ^ Kingston, Rhode Island 18921980Public16,883 Rams               
University of Richmond ^ Richmond, Virginia 18302001Private – Non-sectarian4,002 Spiders          
St. Bonaventure University St. Bonaventure, New York 18581979Private – Catholic
(Franciscan)
2,381 Bonnies          
Saint Joseph's University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania18511982Private – Catholic
(Jesuit)
7,589 Hawks          
Saint Louis University St. Louis, Missouri 18182005Private – Catholic
(Jesuit)
11,823 Billikens          
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, Virginia19682012Public31,076 Rams          
Notes

† – Duquesne left the A-10 for the Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now known as the Horizon League) only for the 1992–93 season, but returned in the 1993–94 season.

^ – Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Richmond also played football within the A-10 from 1997 to 2006 after the Yankee Conference was absorbed (however, Richmond's primary conference until 2001 was the CAA).

Associate members

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedTypeEnrollmentNicknamePrimary
Conference
A-10 Sport
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Lock Haven, Pennsylvania 18702010Public
(PASSHE)
3,425 Bald Eagles PSAC (D-II)field hockey
Saint Francis University Loretto, Pennsylvania 18472013Private - Catholic
(Franciscan)
2,449 Red Flash NEC field hockey

Former members

Former full members

None of these institutions played football in the A-10 during their tenure as full members.

InstitutionLocationFoundedTypeEnrollmentJoinedLeftNicknameNew ConferenceCurrent Conference
Butler University Indianapolis, Indiana 1855Private4,66720122013 Bulldogs Big East (current)
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, North Carolina 1946Public26,23220052013 49ers C-USA
Pennsylvania State University University Park, Pennsylvania 1855Public45,3511976;
1982
1979;
1991
Nittany Lions Big Ten
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1787Public28,76619761982 Panthers Big East (original) ACC
Rutgers University New Brunswick, New Jersey 1766Public58,78819761995 Scarlet Knights Big East/The American [2] Big Ten
Temple University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1884Public38,64819822013 Owls The American
Villanova University Villanova, Pennsylvania 1842Private10,48219761980 Wildcats Big East (original) Big East (current)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg, Virginia 1872Public31,08719952000 Hokies Big East (original) ACC
West Virginia University Morgantown, West Virginia 1867Public29,70719761995 Mountaineers Big East (original) Big 12
Xavier University Cincinnati, Ohio 1831Private6,65019952013 Musketeers Big East (current)

Former associate members

InstitutionLocationFoundedTypeEnrollmentJoinedLeftNicknamePrimary
Conference
A-10 Sport
West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, Pennsylvania 1880Public
(PASSHE)
13,271 (full-time)
2,576 (part-time)
1996-972010-11 Golden Rams PSAC (D-II) field hockey

Former football-only members

After expansion in the Colonial Athletic Association brought that conference to 6 football-playing schools, it was agreed that the CAA would take over management of the Atlantic 10's football conference starting in 2007. All the schools on this list (except Boston U. and Connecticut) were in the A-10 football conference when it became the CAA football conference, but Hofstra and Northeastern discontinued their football programs after the 2009–10 season. Membership dates include time in the Yankee Conference (which was an all-sports conference from 1947 to 1975 and a football-only conference after that) which merged into the A-10 in 1997.

InstitutionLocationFoundedTypeEnrollmentJoinedLeftNicknamePrimary Conference
Boston University Boston, Massachusetts 1839Private29,978197319971 Terriers Independent (1975–79)
America East (1979–2013)
Patriot League (2013–present)
University of Connecticut Storrs, Connecticut 1881Public25,583194719992 Huskies Independent (1975–79)
Big East (1979–2013)
The American (2013–2020)
Big East (2020–present)
University of Delaware Newark, Delaware 1743Public19,39119862006 Fightin' Blue Hens East Coast (1986–91)
America East (1991–2001)
CAA (2001–present)
Hofstra University Hempstead, New York 1935Private12,400200120063 Pride CAA
James Madison University Harrisonburg, Virginia 1908Public19,92719932006 Dukes CAA
University of Maine Orono, Maine 1865Public10,90119472006 Black Bears Independent (1975–79)
America East (1979–present)
University of New Hampshire Durham, New Hampshire 1866Public11,94219472006 Wildcats Independent (1975–79)
America East (1979–present)
Northeastern University Boston, Massachusetts 1898Private12,913199320064 Huskies America East (1993–2005)
CAA (2005–present)
Towson University Towson, Maryland 1866Public21,95020042006 Tigers CAA
Villanova University 5 Villanova, Pennsylvania 1842Private10,48219882006 Wildcats Big East (1979–2013)
Big East (2013–present)
The College of William & Mary Williamsburg, Virginia 1693Public8,25819932006 Tribe CAA
Notes
  1. Boston University dropped football after the 1997–98 season.
  2. UConn moved to FBS after the 1999–2000 season, and eventually joined the Big East for that sport in the 2004–05 season.
  3. Hofstra dropped football after the 2009–10 season.
  4. Northeastern dropped football after the 2009–10 season.
  5. Villanova was originally a charter and full member of the A-10 during the 1976–77 through the 1979–80 seasons in all sports except football.

Membership timeline

Davidson CollegeSaint Francis UniversityGeorge Mason UniversityVirginia Commonwealth UniversityBig East ConferenceButler UniversityLock Haven University of PennsylvaniaSaint Louis UniversityConference USAUniversity of North Carolina at CharlotteColonial Athletic AssociationTowson UniversityColonial Athletic AssociationHofstra UniversityUniversity of RichmondColonial Athletic AssociationCollege of William & MaryColonial Athletic AssociationNortheastern UniversityColonial Athletic AssociationUniversity of New HampshireColonial Athletic AssociationUniversity of MaineColonial Athletic AssociationJames Madison UniversityColonial Athletic AssociationUniversity of DelawareAmerican Athletic ConferenceBig East Conference (1979–2013)University of ConnecticutBoston UniversityLa Salle UniversityFordham UniversityUniversity of DaytonBig East ConferenceXavier UniversityAtlantic Coast ConferenceBig East Conference (1979–2013)Virginia TechSaint Joseph's UniversityAmerican Athletic ConferenceTemple UniversityUniversity of Rhode IslandSt. Bonaventure UniversityUniversity of Massachusetts AmherstGeorge Washington UniversityHorizon LeagueDuquesne UniversityBig 12 ConferenceBig East Conference (1979–2013)West Virginia UniversityBig Ten ConferenceAmerican Athletic ConferenceBig East Conference (1979–2013)Rutgers UniversityBig Ten ConferencePennsylvania State UniversityAtlantic Coast ConferenceBig East Conference (1979–2013)University of PittsburghBig East ConferenceBig East Conference (1979–2013)Villanova UniversityAtlantic 10 Conference

Full membersFull members (non-football)Associate members (football only)Assoc. member (list sports)
Notes
* - Virginia Tech did not participate in wrestling.

Atlantic 10 rivalries

There are a number of intense rivalries within the Atlantic 10,[ under discussion] with rivalries that carry over from the Big 5 which includes Saint Joseph's, La Salle, and Temple (now in the American Athletic Conference). URI and UMass also have a long-standing rivalry. St. Bonaventure and Duquesne also maintain a rivalry that predates their affiliation with the conference. UMass and Temple also had a basketball rivalry while John Chaney was coaching Temple but it has died down a bit since, and even more so now that Temple has left the conference. Due to both teams sharing the Ram mascot, the Fordham - URI rivalry has increased in recent years as the competitions are heralded as "The Battle of the Rams." The long-standing crosstown rivalry between Richmond and VCU, now known as the Capital City Classic, became a conference rivalry with VCU's arrival in the A10. Rivals St. Louis and Dayton play each year in basketball for the Arch-Baron Cup. George Washington and George Mason compete annually in the Revolutionary Rivalry across all sports.

Sports

In the 2017–18 academic year, the Atlantic 10 Conference sponsors championship competition in nine men's and twelve women's NCAA sanctioned sports. [3] In addition to the 14 full members, two Pennsylvania schools, Lock Haven and Saint Francis, are affiliate members in field hockey.

A-10 Conference teams
SportMen'sWomen's
Baseball
13
-
Basketball
14
14
Cross Country
14
14
Field Hockey
-
9
Golf
12
-
Lacrosse
-
10
Rowing
-
9
Soccer
13
14
Softball
-
10
Swimming & Diving
8
11
Tennis
11
14
Track and Field (Indoor)
10
13
Track and Field (Outdoor)
11
13
Volleyball
-
11

Men's sponsored sports by school

SchoolBaseballBasketballCross
Country
GolfSoccerSwimming
& Diving
TennisTrack & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
Total
A-10 Sports
DavidsonGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
DaytonGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svg6
DuquesneRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svg5
FordhamGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
George MasonGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
George WashingtonGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg [lower-alpha 1] Green check.svg [lower-alpha 1] Green check.svg9
La SalleGreen check.svg [lower-alpha 2] Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg [lower-alpha 2] Green check.svgGreen check.svg9
MassachusettsGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg7
Rhode IslandGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg7
RichmondGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svg5
St. BonaventureGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svg [lower-alpha 3] 8
Saint Joseph'sGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg8
Saint LouisGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg8
VCUGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg8
Totals13141411138111011.5 [lower-alpha 3] 105
Notes
  1. 1 2 George Washington will drop its men's teams in tennis and indoor track after the 2020–21 school year. [4]
  2. 1 2 La Salle will drop baseball and men's tennis after the 2020–21 school year. [5]
  3. 1 2 St. Bonaventure sponsors an outdoor distance track program but does not participate in short distance or field events. [6]

Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Atlantic 10 Conference which are played by A-10 schools:

SchoolFootballIce hockeyLacrosseRowing [lower-alpha 1] Sailing [lower-alpha 2] Squash [lower-alpha 3] VolleyballWater poloWrestling
Davidson Pioneer NoNoNoNoNoNoNo SoCon
Dayton Pioneer NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Duquesne Northeast NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Fordham Patriot NoNo IRA MAISA CSANo CWPA N No
George MasonNoNoNoNoNoNo EIVA No MAC
George WashingtonNoNoNo IRA & SIRA [lower-alpha 4] MAISA [lower-alpha 4] CSA [lower-alpha 4] No CWPA SE No
La SalleNoNoNoIRANoNoNo CWPA SW [lower-alpha 5] No
MassachusettsFBS Independent Hockey East CAA NoNoNoNoNoNo
Rhode Island CAA ESCHL NoNo NEISA NoNoNoNo
Richmond CAA No SoCon NoNoNoNoNoNo
St. BonaventureNoNo MAAC NoNoNoNoNoNo
Saint Joseph'sNoNo Northeast IRA NoNoNoNoNo
Notes
  1. Men's rowing is sanctioned by the Intercollegiate Rowing Association, not by the NCAA.
  2. Intercollegiate sailing is sanctioned by the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association, not by the NCAA.
  3. Squash is sanctioned by the College Squash Association (CSA), not by the NCAA.
  4. 1 2 3 George Washington will drop its men's teams in rowing, sailing, and squash after the 2020–21 school year. [4]
  5. La Salle will drop men's water polo after the 2020–21 school year. [5]

Women's sponsored sports by school

SchoolBasketballCross
Country
Field
Hockey
LacrosseRowingSoccerSoftballSwimming
& Diving
TennisTrack & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
VolleyballTotal
A-10 Sports
DavidsonGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg10
DaytonGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
DuquesneGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg10
FordhamGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg10
George MasonGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg11
George WashingtonGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg11
La SalleGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg [lower-alpha 1] Green check.svgGreen check.svg [lower-alpha 1] Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg [lower-alpha 1] 12
MassachusettsGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svg11
Rhode IslandGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg10
RichmondGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svg9
St. BonaventureGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svg [lower-alpha 2] Red x.svg8
Saint Joseph'sGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svg10
Saint LouisGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg10
VCUGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
Totals14147+2 [lower-alpha 3] 109141011141313.5 [lower-alpha 2] 10139+2
Notes
  1. 1 2 3 La Salle will drop softball, women's tennis, and women's volleyball after the 2020–21 school year. [5]
  2. 1 2 St. Bonaventure sponsors an outdoor distance track program but does not participate in short distance or field events.
  3. Affiliate members Lock Haven and Saint Francis (PA).

Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Atlantic 10 Conference which are played by A-10 schools:

SchoolBowlingGolfGymnasticsSailing [lower-alpha 1] Squash [lower-alpha 2] Water polo
DaytonNo MAAC NoNoNoNo
FordhamNoNoNo MAISA NoNo
George WashingtonNoNo EAGL MAISACSA CWPA SE [lower-alpha 3]
La SalleNo MAAC NoNoNo MAAC
RichmondNo Patriot League NoNoNoNo
Duquesne Northeast NoNoNoNoNo
Notes
  1. Intercollegiate sailing is sanctioned by the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association, not by the NCAA.
  2. Squash is sanctioned by the College Squash Association (CSA), not by the NCAA.
  3. George Washington will drop women's water polo after the 2020–21 school year. [4]

Current tournament champions

The Atlantic 10 Conference sponsors championship competition in nine men's and twelve women's NCAA sanctioned sports. [7]

Regular-season champions are indicated with "(RS)" and tournament champions with "(T)".

SeasonSportMen's
champion
Women's
champion
Fall 2018Cross CountryDaytonRichmond
Field Hockey Saint Joseph's (RS & T)
SoccerVCU (RS)
Rhode Island (T)
Saint Louis (RS & T)
Volleyball VCU (RS)
Dayton (T)
Winter 2018–19BasketballVCU (RS)
Saint Louis (T)
Fordham, VCU (RS)
Fordham (T)
Swimming & DivingGeorge WashingtonDuquesne
Track & Field (Indoor)George MasonVCU
Spring 2019GolfVCU 
TennisVCUVCU
Women's Lacrosse UMass (RS)
Richmond (T)
BaseballVCU (RS)
Fordham (T)
 
Softball Fordham (RS)
Fordham, George Washington (T) [lower-alpha 1]
Rowing Rhode Island
Track & Field (Outdoor)George MasonGeorge Mason
  1. The tournament final was canceled due to weather, and Fordham and GW were declared co-champions.

Football (1997–2006)

Origin

The A-10 began sponsoring football in 1997 when it absorbed the Yankee Conference, a Division I-AA (now known as Division I FCS) football-only conference. The move was triggered by a change in NCAA rules that reduced the influence of single-sport conferences over NCAA legislation. The following teams were in the Yankee Conference at the time of its demise:

Boston University dropped football after the first season of A-10 football. After the 1999 season, UConn started a transition from Division I-AA to Division I-A football (now Division I FBS) that was completed in 2002. In 2004, UConn, already a member of the Big East for other sports, became a football member of that conference. The other schools all remained in the A-10 football conference until the management change after the 2006 season.

Football champions

SeasonRegular Season Champion
1997Villanova
1998Richmond
1999James Madison, Massachusetts
2000Delaware, Richmond
2001Hofstra, Maine, Villanova, William & Mary
2002Maine, Northeastern
2003Delaware, Massachusetts
2004Delaware, James Madison, William & Mary
2005New Hampshire, Richmond
2006Massachusetts

Demise/"Rename"

The 2005 move of Northeastern University, a football-only member of the A-10, to the Colonial Athletic Association for basketball and Olympic sports began a chain of events that would lead to the demise of the A-10 football conference, at least under the A-10 banner.

At that time, the CAA did not sponsor football, but five of its members in the 2004–05 academic year (Delaware, Hofstra, James Madison, Towson, and William & Mary) were football members of the A-10. The addition of Northeastern gave the CAA six schools with football programs, which under NCAA rules allows a conference to sponsor football. Northeastern agreed to join any future CAA football conference, which meant that the A-10 football conference would drop to six members once CAA football began operation.

With six football members in place, the CAA decided to start a football conference in 2007. The league then invited Richmond, a member of the CAA from 1983 to 2001, to rejoin for football only, because of UR's long-standing in-state rivalries with William & Mary and James Madison. UR accepted the invitation, taking the A-10 football conference below the NCAA minimum of six. Shortly after this, the A-10 football conference opted to disband, with all of its members becoming charter members of the CAA football conference.

A-10 schools in DI-A/FBS

A-10 charter members Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, West Virginia, and Villanova played I-A football as independents while members of the A-10 in other sports. Villanova became a member of the Big East in 1980 with Pittsburgh following in 1982. Temple joined the A-10 that year. Penn State joined the Big Ten in 1991 (effectively in 1993), and three A-10 members joined the Big East as football-only members: Rutgers, West Virginia, and Temple (only Rutgers and West Virginia would later join the Big East as full members in 1995).

Virginia Tech joined the A-10 in 1995 as a result of the merger that created Conference USA. They would then join the Big East as full members in 2000, following the football program which was already a member of the league. Temple remained a football-only member of the Big East until 2004; they would join the MAC for football in 2007 until 2012, and re-joined the Big East in football for the 2012 season. Temple planned to move the rest of its sports into the Big East in 2013, but the conference realigned into the football-sponsoring American Athletic Conference and a new non-football Big East. Temple joined The American. Massachusetts joined them in FBS football with membership in the MAC beginning in the 2012 season and as an FBS independent beginning in 2016. Charlotte, which started a football program in 2013, left for Conference USA.

A-10 schools in DI-A/FBS
Schools Currently in the A-10Schools formerly in the A-10
MassachusettsPenn State
Pittsburgh
Rutgers
West Virginia
Temple
Virginia Tech
Charlotte

Facilities

SchoolBasketball arenaCapacityBaseball stadiumCapacitySoccer stadiumCapacity
Davidson John M. Belk Arena 5,223 T. Henry Wilson, Jr. Field 700 1992 Team Field at Alumni Stadium 6,000
Dayton University of Dayton Arena 13,435 Woerner Field 500 Baujan Field 2,000
Duquesne UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse 3,500Non-baseball school Rooney Field 2,200
Fordham Rose Hill Gymnasium 3,200 Houlihan Park 500 Coffey Field 7,000
George Mason EagleBank Arena 10,000 Spuhler Field 900 George Mason Stadium 5,000
George Washington Smith Center 4,338 Barcroft Park 1,000 Mount Vernon Athletic Fields N/A
La Salle Tom Gola Arena 3,400 Hank DeVincent Field 1,000 McCarthy Stadium 7,500
Massachusetts Mullins Center 9,493 Earl Lorden Field N/A Rudd Field 2,000
Rhode Island Ryan Center 7,657 Bill Beck Field 1,000 URI Soccer Complex 1,547
Richmond Robins Center 7,201 Malcolm U. Pitt Field 600Presidents Field500
St. Bonaventure Reilly Center 5,480 Fred Handler Park N/A McGraw-Jennings Field N/A
St. Joseph's Hagan Arena 4,200 Smithson Field 400 Sweeney Field 3,000
Saint Louis Chaifetz Arena 10,600 Billiken Sports Center 500 Hermann Stadium 6,050
Virginia Commonwealth Stuart C. Siegel Center 7,617 The Diamond 9,560 Sports Backers Stadium 3,250

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    The Yankee Conference was a collegiate sports conference in the eastern United States. From 1947 to 1976, it sponsored competition in many sports, but was a football-only league from mid-1976 until its dissolution in 1996. It is essentially the ancestor of today's Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) football conference, and the continuation of the New England Conference, though all three leagues were founded under different charters and are considered separate conferences by the NCAA.

    Villanova Wildcats

    The Villanova Wildcats are the athletic teams of Villanova University. They compete in the Big East for every sport; except football where they compete in the Colonial Athletic Association. On December 15, 2012, Villanova and the other six, non-FBS schools announced that they were departing the Big East for a new conference. This conference assumed the Big East name on July 1, 2013.

    Saint Josephs Hawks

    The Saint Joseph's Hawks are the athletic teams that represent Saint Joseph's University of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Hawks compete in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association as a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference and of the Philadelphia Big 5. The school also has intramurals and extramurals, the latter of which compete with the City 6. The school is mostly known for its men's basketball team. The Hawk became the school's mascot in 1929. It first flapped its wings at a basketball game in 1956 in a win over La Salle University. The Saint Joseph's school colors are crimson and gray.

    George Washington Colonials

    The George Washington Colonials are the athletic teams of George Washington University of Washington, D.C. The Colonials compete in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as members of the Atlantic 10 Conference for most sports.

    Temple Owls mens basketball Mens basketball team of Temple University

    The Temple Owls men's basketball team represents Temple University in the sport of basketball. The Owls compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I as a member of the American Athletic Conference. They play their home games in the Liacouras Center on the university's main campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and are currently led by head coach Aaron Mckie. Temple is the fifth-most winningest NCAA Division I men's college basketball program of all time, with 1903 wins at the end of the 2017–18 season.

    The William & Mary Tribe football teams represented the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, United States. The program was established in 1893 and serves as William & Mary's oldest athletic team. Their long-time football rival is the University of Richmond and their annual meeting is dubbed the I-64 Bowl.

    2010–2014 NCAA conference realignment

    The 2010–2014 NCAA conference realignment refers to extensive changes in conference membership at all three levels of NCAA competition—Division I, Division II, and Division III— beginning in the 2010–11 academic year.

    Big East Conference U.S. college athletic conference that began in 2013

    The Big East Conference is a collegiate athletic conference that competes in NCAA Division I in ten men's sports and twelve women's sports. Headquartered in New York City, the eleven full-member schools are primarily located in Northeast and Midwest metropolitan areas. The conference was officially recognized as a Division I multi-sport conference on August 1, 2013, and conference members have won NCAA national championships in men's basketball, women's cross country, field hockey, men's lacrosse, and men's soccer since reconfiguration. Val Ackerman is the commissioner.

    American Athletic Conference US college sports conference

    The American Athletic Conference is an American collegiate athletic conference, featuring 11 member universities and six associate member universities that compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division I, with its football teams competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). Member universities represent a range of private and public universities of various enrollment sizes located primarily in urban metropolitan areas in the Northeastern, Midwestern, and Southern regions of the United States.

    2010–2013 Colonial Athletic Association realignment

    The 2010–13 Colonial Athletic Association realignment refers to the Colonial Athletic Association dealing with several proposed and actual conference expansion and reduction plans among various NCAA conferences and institutions from 2010 to 2013. Moves that involved the Colonial Athletic Association were part of a much larger NCAA conference realignment.

    References

    1. Archived February 27, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
    2. Rutgers spent one year in the renamed American Athletic Conference before joining the Big Ten in 2014.
    3. Atlantic 10 Conference Official Athletic Site. Atlantic10.com. Retrieved on 2013-08-21.
    4. "University Efforts Streamline GW Athletics" (Press release). George Washington Colonials. July 31, 2020. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
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