Butler basketball could be changing conferences again.
Two days after school President James Danko told The Associated Press he would not rule out the possibility of joining a new conference with the seven Catholic schools that are leaving the Big East, he issued a statement calling the rumors a "tribute" to the Bulldogs' success and saying only that that the school would "do what is right."
The language is likely to create even more buzz about whether the Bulldogs will make a second conference move. In May, Danko announced the Bulldogs were leaving their longtime home, the Horizon League, for the Atlantic 10. The move was supposed to happen next year but was expedited this summer.
Butler will not play its first Atlantic 10 game until January.
President Danko's statement
"I greatly respect—and agree with—the collective conviction of the "Catholic 7" to control their own destiny or someone else will. Butler, too, has controlled its destiny proactively, for example, when it made the decision to join the outstanding Atlantic 10 Conference and through its values-based approach to athletics.
The fact that Butler is now being mentioned prominently as a potential candidate to join the "Catholic 7" universities in a new athletic league, is a tribute to the success of our athletic program overall and our men's basketball team, in particular.
Our team has proven consistently and continuously that it is one of the very best in the nation, and that they are one of the biggest brands in men's college basketball. This national prestige naturally leads to speculation about Butler's athletic future.
Our administrators, our coaches, our trustees and our team will continue to do what is right for Butler and its students. Decisions will be made, first and foremost, with the University's strong values and The Butler Way at heart. Our uncompromising commitments to integrity, to placing one's team above oneself, and to the academic and personal growth of each of our student-athletes will remain paramount."
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