Elon, NC (Sports Network) - Elon University announced on Thursday it will leave
the Southern Conference to join the Colonial Athletic Association in all sports
for the 2014-15 school year.
Elon's addition will give the CAA 10 schools for basketball and 12 for
A Southern Conference member since 2003, Elon becomes the fifth member in the
last six months to announce its exit from the league. It includes the College
of Charleston, which will leave the SoCon for the CAA later this year.
"In a time of great change in the collegiate athletics landscape, the Colonial
Athletic Association offers a great match with our strategic plans for Elon's
future," school president Leo Lambert said. "The CAA will allow our student-
athletes to compete with peers at many excellent universities on the Eastern
seaboard. We will have the opportunity to continue competition with fine
schools in the Carolinas and Virginia while raising Elon's profile in the large
metropolitan areas of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast - areas where many of our
students, alumni and prospective students call home."
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