Atlantic 10 Completes Annual Spring Meetings

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NAPLES, Fla.—The Atlantic 10 Conference completed its annual spring business meetings Thursday with several action items being finalized. The meetings included the league’s athletic directors, men’s and women’s basketball coaches.

The Athletic Directors unanimously approved revised regular season schedules in team sports to accommodate 15 A-10 members with the addition of VCU to the league beginning in 2012-13.

The directors also approved the implementation of championship field expansion in 2012-2013 for men’s and women’s soccer and baseball. Both soccers will include eight teams (up from six) for the 2012 championships. Baseball increases to seven teams for the 2013 championship.

The league also approved increasing the number of women’s basketball regular season conference games from 14 to 16 for 2013-14. The other piece of basketball legislation that passed was the implementation of an Atlantic 10 Legends honors program, beginning in 2012-13 for men’s and women’s basketball. The program will honor former A-10 student-athletes and personnel.

Aligning with current NCAA reform, there was unanimous support for adopting a policy that would render a team ineligible for conference championship if that team was declared ineligible for NCAA post-season competition. The Atlantic 10 currently has all of its teams in each of the 21 championship sports eligible for 2012-13.

The league also received reports from television and media partners CBS and ESPN.

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Mat Shelton-Eide has been involved in college athletics since 2007, starting as a co-founder of VCURamNation.com where he covered the Rams all the way to Houston as the one-time CAA darling shocked the hoops world with a historic run to the Final 4. He has worked within two Atlantic 10 athletic departments, first as a graduate assistant in the VCU Sports Information Department during the '09-'10 basketball season, then after receiving his M.Ed. from VCU's Center for Sport Leadership, as a ticketing and marketing intern in the University of Richmond's athletic department during the inaugural season of Richmond's Robins Stadium, months before the Spiders 2011 Sweet 16 run.

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