In a statement from George Mason, O’Connor said, "George Mason University has not had any formal discussions nor have we been invited to join the Atlantic 10 Conference. As a founding member of the Colonial Athletic Association, we are proud of the CAA’s accomplishments and are committed to the success of the conference. The nature of college athletics dictates that we have to be aware of all the discussions that may be going on with conference membership issues on all levels."
Yeager had a regularly-scheduled conference call with athletic directors Monday morning and said “both schools indicated there’s absolutely no truth to the rumors, as well as some others that have been bandied about in the media the last couple of weeks. They are not exploring other options. In combination with conversations we’ve had over the last couple of months and weeks, they aren’t looking to go anywhere else, nor have they had any kind of offer that would turn their heads.
“We didn’t hold hands and take blood oaths or anything like that. I take them for their word.”