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Butler may jump to A-10

Small-school Butler could soon be making a big move.

The NCAA tournament darling is reportedly debating whether to leave the Horizon League for the stronger, higher-profile and potentially more profitable Atlantic 10, a conference that includes St. Bonaventure.

Bulldogs athletic director Barry Collier met Monday with his coaches, part of a regular meeting process he has with athletic department employees. Spokesman Jim McGrath said Collier declined to comment on what was discussed at the meeting or where the decision-making process stands.

"We've been longtime members in good standing of the Horizon League and we continue to examine the ever-changing landscape of conference affiliation," McGrath said.

The Indianapolis Star first reported that university President James Danko notified trustees in a letter that the school had been conducting a cost-benefit analysis of changing conference affiliations. Coaches have been fielding questions, too, and trustees have been told not to discuss the possibility of a move that has caught the ear of Horizon League officials.


Johnson to coach Hokies

Virginia Tech has chosen James Johnson to replace Seth Greenberg as its men's basketball coach.

A person familiar with the talks said Johnson will replace Greenberg after serving as his assistant for five years. Johnson left Virginia Tech on April 19 to take a similar job at Clemson.

Greenberg was fired April 23 after nine seasons and one NCAA tournament appearance. In announcing the dismissal, athletic director Jim Weaver said that among his concerns was the departure of six assistant coaches in a span of four years.

Elsewhere, Binghamton University fired men's basketball coach Mark Macon and began a national search for a replacement.

Director of athletics Patrick Elliott made the announcement, saying the decision "comes after a thorough assessment of our current program and my expectations for the future."

"Mark Macon led the program during an extremely difficult period," Elliott, who took over as athletic director in November, said in a statement. "I appreciate and thank him for his efforts."


U.S. knows its foes

The U.S. will play Argentina, France and Tunisia in the first round of the Olympic men's basketball tournament in London.

The U.S. was drawn into Group A on Monday in Rio de Janeiro, along with the first and second teams in the world qualifying tournament, which will be played in Venezuela in July.

"It appears that our group, Group A, is going to be extremely competitive," U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement.

Spain, runner-up to the U.S. in the Beijing Games, was drawn into Group B along with Australia, Brazil, China, Britain and the third qualifier in Venezuela.

The American women's team was drawn into Group A along with China, Angola and the first, second and fourth teams from the qualifying tournament played in Turkey in June. Group B has Australia, Brazil, Britain, Russia and the third and fifth qualifiers.

For both tournaments, the top four teams in each group will advance to the quarterfinals. They will play each other once within the group.

News Staff and wire service reports