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Collier indicated Butler is monitoring events closely and isn't sitting by idly. When asked whether Butler would leave the Horizon for the Big East, if asked, he said he would not address "what-ifs" or speculation.
"We, like every school, have got to be following the news," Collier said. "Because there are so many moving parts, there's a certain amount of things that would have to happen to really create a situation we’d have to react to."
And that's why [Valparaiso athletic director Mark] LaBarbera thinks Butler's not going anywhere. Not to the Big East, not to a bulked-up Atlantic-10, not anywhere. While the Bulldogs' basketball program certainly is strong enough to compete in a revamped Big East (they've been to back-to-back national championship games, you know),the Horizon League hasn’t exactly held them back (they've been to back-to-back national championship games, you know).
Butler won the McCafferty Cup as the most successful all-around athletic program in the Horizon League last year, winning conference championships in men’s basketball, volleyball, men’s soccer, women’s and men’s cross country and women’s golf.
The Bulldogs are doing just fine in the Horizon League. And while they won the non-scholarship Pioneer Football League title two years ago, they're not anywhere near BCS-ready in that regard (not that they couldn’t join a conference in all sports except football, mind you).