INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Despite missing out in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, the Butler Bulldogs are making national headlines once again.
Sources tell WISH-TV sports director Anthony Calhoun that the Atlantic 10 Conference reached out to Butler University about joining the conference.
ESPN reports Butler University is interested in joining the Atlantic 10 Conference in all sports except football as a replacement for Big East bound Temple.
A move to the Atlantic 10 would carry a step up in competition for the Bulldogs. They would face Xavier, Saint Louis, Dayton and UMass on a regular basis.
Sources tell WISH-TV that the conference is looking for an answer from Butler rather quickly.
Butler, who made the NCAA Championship game in 2010 and again in 2011, did not receive a bid to the big dance in 2012.
If the fee was enacted as planned in the New Starts application, the expected $555 million in revenue would almost double the amount of taxes and fees motorists currently pay to the state through gas taxes
Ronald Nored, guard for the Butler University basketball teams that went to back-to-back Final Fours in the NCAA Tournament, has already landed his first coaching gig. The former Bulldog will lead the Brownsburg High School Bulldogs.
The university announced Blue III, also known as Trip, on Thursday. He was born Dec. 23 in Indiana. The university's current live mascot, Blue II, remains with the school.