The deluge of conference shuffling over the last year has overwhelmingly been driven by football considerations, but now a school that doesn’t even play FBS football is getting in on the act. The Butler Bulldogs, a year removed from their second straight trip to the national title game, have announced that they’ll be switching from the Horizon League to the Atlantic 10 starting in 2013-14.
Butler’s move will undoubtedly alter the balance of power in the land of the mid-major conferences, many of which will be losing key members soon as part of the massive realignment centered around the Big East. The Bulldogs are on the cusp of becoming the kind of perennial contender that Gonzaga and Memphis have built despite working from outside the six power conferences, a progression that can only be helped by joining a tougher league.
Herein, a look at the teams with the most to gain—and the most to lose—from Brad Stevens’ squad heading to the A-10.