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Elon to join Colonial Athletic Association

1:20 PM, May 23, 2013   |    comments
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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 football.

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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