Following the announcement early Wednesday afternoon of a news conference May 23, sources have confirmed Elon University Athletics will exit the Southern Conference for the Colonial Athletic Association.

While the news conference will be held Thursday, Adam Smith of The Burlington Times-News confirmed with administration the Phoenix will make the move after learning President Leo Lambert had officially informed Southern Conference commissioner John Iamarino of the switch.

The announcement comes 10 years after Elon originally joined the Southern Conference in 2003. They will follow College of Charleston, which moved to the CAA in November for the 2013-2014 academic year. Charleston will have one extra year in the conference, as they moved early enough to accommodate the changes in scheduling.

Among others leaving the Southern Conference are Davidson moving to the Atlantic-10 while Appalachian State University and Georgia Southern University will move to the Sun Belt Conference. All moves will take place beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year.

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