As you may know, rumor has been going around since January about Butler joining the “Catholic 7″ to form a new Big East conference. Today the rumor was confirmed – Butler is leaving the Atlantic 10 after one season in order to become a part of a stronger conference that is both academically & athletically focused at the same time, particularly focusing on men’s basketball. This move for Butler truly means so much to the university, and I believe wholeheartedly that this move will bring great things to Butler! From more national recognition through playing with the other elite schools in the new Big East, only great things are to come from joining it.
I can’t wait to see the new rivalries that come about next season due to the conference move. I’m predicting that the biggest rivalries that Butler will face in the conference will be between Georgetown, Xavier, Marquette, Villanova (considering President Danko came from Villanova), and perhaps Depaul (since the university has a strong alumni base in Chicago). There are just so many good teams within the new Big East that there’s no possible way for there to be just one rivalry. I’m going to try my hardest to be at every game, and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead for both Butler and this new powerhouse of an athletic conference! Here’s a video of President Danko announcing the confirmation of joining the new Big East.