The Davidson Wildcats are the fourth team out the door of the Southern Conference in recent months.
The Wildcats, which first joined the SoCon in 1936, will leave the league to join the Atlantic 10 Conference in 2014, the school announced Wednesday.
The announcement comes on the heels of three other SoCon schools announcing their departures — Georgia Southern and Appalachian State to the Football Bowl Subdivision Sun Belt Conference and College of Charleston to the Colonial Athletic Association.
“Davidson and the Southern Conference have been a good fit for many decades," SoCon commissioner John Iamarino said in a statement Wednesday. "We’re disappointed in the administration’s decision to leave, but understand the dynamics of collegiate athletics have led to many decisions such as this one. We wish the Davidson athletic department well.”
The A-10 also recently added George Mason after losing Butler and Xavier to the new Big East Conference.
Davidson football will remain in the non-scholarship Pioneer League and wrestling will remain in the SoCon.
According to the Associated Press, the move helps the A-10 maintain its presence in the Charlotte market. The Charlotte 49ers are leaving the A-10 to rejoin Conference USA in July.