Here is an ncaa.com web page showing conference affiliation for Providence. I've seen a better page on ncaa.org in the past, but can't seem to find it now.
Good stuff. I am going to guess that the volleyball move was to the Big East's benefit and if they had needed them, they would not have let them join the AE. That's really the crux of my argument, that the "main" conference won't let a school leave in only one sport if they feel they need that program within their conference.
I'm 99% certain there's no overarching NCAA rule regarding this, though many individual conferences no doubt have internal rules and agreements among members.I'm pretty sure that it is not possible to bring "only" basketball under NCAA rules. Football is the only sport in which a school can play in a league different from its other sports, with one exception. That exception is, as in the case of UMass lacrosse, when the league a school is in for other sports does not sponsor that particular sport.
Off-topic, but why doesn't the NCAA site recognize the existence of the Hockey East conference? I checked several other HE members, and like Providence they're all listed as ECAC members in hockey.
I think the other thing that came into play with Loyola was taht the ECAC preceded the MAAC, so the MAAC was not going to play hardball with Loyola on that one.One example: Loyola (MD) used to be a MAAC member, but played men's lacrosse in the ECAC even though the MAAC sponsored men's lacrosse. This arrangement happened because Loyola takes its men's lacrosse very seriously, while the rest of the MAAC does not. (This division of affiliations will end when Loyola joins the Patriot League.)
ON-topic, I saw on that site that Davidson plays field hockey in the Northern Pacific Field Hockey Conference with opponents such as Cal, Stanford, UC Davis and Pacific. So at first I thought, "well, there at least Davidson would have some big travel savings in the A10."
It might be possible, but there are some issues to work around.Now, if this sort of arrangement is allowed under NCAA rules, why the hell isn't the Atlantic 10 getting more creative and bringing in a bunch of western teams like Gonzaga to set up a West Division if we never actually have to play the western teams in non-revenue sports before the conference tournament?