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Boston University to join Patriot League

Center Valley, PA (Sports Network) - Boston University has accepted an invitation to join the Patriot League, effective July 1, 2013.

"Boston University is an outstanding addition to our membership as a private institution with a robust academic reputation and prolific athletic history," said chairman of the Patriot League council of presidents Daniel H. Weiss in a Friday statement. "This decision to add Boston University to the Patriot League mirrors the Presidents' commitment and vision to the stability and long-term positioning of the League."

BU had competed in the America East Conference in all sports except for ice hockey. It departs with 40 conference championships in 14 separate varsity sports.

The Terriers will compete starting in the 2013-14 season in the following sports: men and women's basketball, men and women's cross country and track and field, field hockey, women's golf, men and women's lacrosse, women's rowing, men and women's soccer, softball, men and women's swimming and diving and men and women's tennis.

"We are very impressed by the academic quality of the institutions in the Patriot League and by the League's commitment to student-athletes while effectively competing at the NCAA Division I level," said Boston University president Robert A. Brown. "We believe that the philosophy of the League is a good match for Boston University and that the schools in the League will give our athletes a rich competitive environment."

The Patriot League was founded in 1986 as a football-only grouping, but grew into an all-sport conference in 1990. It currently comprises Army, Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh, Navy and American University.

06/15 12:59:08 ET