TULSA, OK - MARCH 18: An Oakland Golden Grizzlies cheerleader performs during the second round game against the Texas Longhorns in the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 18, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Oakland appears to have an interest in joining the Horizon League, filling the void that Butler will leave once they take off to the Atlantic 10 in 2013-2014.
With the two-time national runner up Butler Bulldogs headed to the Atlantic 10 Conference in 2013-2014, there's a spot up for grabs in the Horizon League. The Oakland University Golden Grizzlies want to fill that vacancy, according to the Oakland Press.
Oakland wanted to join the Horizon League almost 10 years ago, too, but the University of Detroit Titans didn't want to compete with the cross-town school:
"The feeling back then was that it didn't make sense to share this market with another school in the same conference," said Kinsman, who retired in 2006. "Times have changed, coaches have changed, but I don't know what the thinking is now."
As of now, it seems like this is just a general interest from Oakland's standpoint. Horizon League officials would not comment on that interest and the Summit League, the conference in which Oakland currently belongs, would also not comment.
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