June 15, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Atlantic 10 Conference Council of Presidents recently completed their annual spring meeting. The meeting resulted in several action items pertaining to A-10 business.
The group, comprised of the Chief Executive Officer at each member institution, welcomed new members James M. Danko of Butler University and Dr. Michael Rao of Virginia Commonwealth University. The group also approved procedures for integrating Butler and VCU into the A-10 beginning on July 1, 2012.
The Council approved recommendations from the athletic directors, including expanding the championship field in men’s and women’s soccer to eight teams each and baseball to a seven-team championship. The Presidents approved the 2012-13 operating budget and a men’s basketball sportsmanship pre-game protocol. Additionally the conference schedule for women’s basketball will increase from 14 to 16 games beginning with 2013-14 season. The group approved 2012 Men’s Basketball Media Day, which will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Oct. 4.
The Presidents adopted a policy that would render a member institution ineligible for Atlantic 10 Championships if that school was ineligible for NCAA Championship participation due to Academic Progress Rate (APR) penalties. The Atlantic 10 ranked fifth overall in the latest APR rankings and no A-10 team will be ineligible in 2012-13.
An update on the current Atlantic 10 television package and the ongoing negotiations for the upcoming media rights agreement was presented and the future media negotiation strategy was discussed.
The Council also recognized Xavier President Rev. Michael Graham, the outgoing chair and elected Dr. Steven Knapp, the President of George Washington, the chair for the 2012-13 season. The group also appointed Dr. Daniel Curren of Dayton as the Atlantic 10 representative on the NCAA Presidential Advisory Group.