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Atlantic 10 still intact, but Big East looms

RICHMOND, Va. — The Atlantic 10 Conference remains intact for now.

"As of today, all of our members are A-10 members," commissioner Bernadette McGlade said Saturday, shortly before Virginia Commonwealth's 84-52 basketball victory against No. 20 Butler. "We've had no one who's given us any notice of withdrawal."

That doesn't mean she's assured that no such notices are coming. Butler and Xavier have been reported to be targets of the seven basketball Catholic schools that are breaking away from the current Big East to form their own league, which will retain the Big East name.

After his worst loss in six seasons as Butler coach, Brad Stevens declined to address the school's plans: "I'm in the A-10, and I'm not commenting on anything else other than I'm in the A-10. It's a heck of a league."

The football and basketball schools, which include USF, in the current Big East are negotiating a divorce that could have the basketball-focused conference up and running by next season, playing under the Big East name.

McGlade, whose league plucked Butler from the Horizon League and VCU from the Colonial Athletic Association after last season, said rampant realignment has forced every commissioner to be vigilant in attending to member institution's needs, but even that is often not enough.

Baseball

UF top 'Canes: Taylor Gushue's two-run single in the eighth put Florida (4-7) ahead and the host Gators handed Miami its first loss of the season, 6-4. The Hurricanes (10-1) are ranked No. 21 in the coaches poll.

Football

Alabama: The school confirmed it hired Billy Napier away from Florida State to join Nick Saban's staff as wide receivers coach. Napier had just been hired in January from Colorado State to coach tight ends at FSU.

Miami: The team started spring practice with 20 starters returning on offense and defense, and coach Al Golden gave rave reviews. "Good tempo, good start," he said.

Tennessee: Coach Butch Jones added former Gators running back Robert Gillespie as his running backs coach.

Swimming

'Nole takes top honor: Florida State's Pavel Sankovich, who finished the ACC men's championships in Greensboro, N.C., with six medals, four of them gold, was named the meet's most valuable swimmer. FSU also won the honor last year with Mateo DeAngulo.

Atlantic 10 still intact, but Big East looms 03/02/13 [Last modified: Saturday, March 2, 2013 11:39pm]
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