American Athletic Conference is new name for Big East

By Kevin Kelley -
Cincinnati-UConn

The Big East is now the American Athletic Conference. David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The American Athletic Conference is the new name for the Big East Conference, commissioner Mike Aresco announced this evening.

“American Athletic Conference represents a strong, durable and aspirational name for our reinvented Conference” Aresco said in a release.

“Our name is a nod to tradition, but at the same time makes clear our determination to be a Conference with national impact and appeal. The American Athletic Conference will represent core American values of optimism, energy, growth and innovation. We have a broad geographical footprint that represents unity as well as diversity.”

Instead of using the acronym AAC, the conference will instead use “The American” as its brand. They plan to launch their new website at its new domain on July 1. Logos will also be released at a later date.

In its inaugural season, the American Athletic Conference will consist of Cincinnati, Connecticut, Houston, Louisville, Memphis, Rutgers, SMU, Temple, UCF, and USF.

For the 2014 football season, The American will have 11 members after the departure of Louisville and Rutgers and addition of three schools: Cincinnati, Connecticut, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, SMU, Temple, Tulane, Tulsa, UCF, and USF.

Navy joins in 2015 in football only, and at that time The American will split into divisions and have a championship game hosted by the highest-rated division champ.

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34 Comments to American Athletic Conference is new name for Big East

  1. Kro said....

    Any logo yet?

    April 3, 2013 at 8:57 pm
  2. ClintP said....

    Just wish they would have the logo and website up very soon so ppl can see it :-)

    April 3, 2013 at 11:22 pm
  3. EverettHughes said....

    Hey Kevin, I just gotta say I love this website and check it every day. I see a lot of off-topic stuff in the comments, still about football of course, just not necessairly about the post. Maybe you could try to make a forum.

    April 3, 2013 at 11:25 pm
  4. EverettHughes said....

    Oh, and also, how do you get a picture?

    April 3, 2013 at 11:26 pm
  5. EverettHughes said....

    Actually, (Don’t worry, last comment) when are the MWC Schedules coming out?

    April 3, 2013 at 11:29 pm
    • Dave said....

      Everett, I am anxiously awaiting the MWC schedules, as well. What an embarrassment to be the last conference to announce their schedules. The commissioner doesn’t realize that delaying their schedule announcement impacts a lot of people. Travel agencies who put together packages for teams can’t make any plans and honestly, April is VERY late in the year.

      April 4, 2013 at 5:56 am
    • Kevin Kelley said....

      Last word is late April.

      April 4, 2013 at 10:48 am
    • Dave said....

      Kevin, any reason why it is taking the MWC so long to put together an 8-game conference schedule? This is absolutely baffling.

      April 5, 2013 at 2:31 am
  6. EverettHughes said....

    (Arrgh, when will I shut up!?!?!) Congrats on getting almost 10,000 likes on facebook.

    April 3, 2013 at 11:31 pm
  7. caimy said....

    ACC- They almost took our name!
    AAC- They took our confernce!
    CUSA- They took our jobs!

    April 4, 2013 at 9:11 am
  8. AJ said....

    Not digging the new name. Would’ve preferred Metro to be in the name somewhere. American Metro Conference or American Metro Athletic Conference.

    April 4, 2013 at 10:23 am
  9. Anonymous said....

    Hey, Bill that’s not funny

    April 4, 2013 at 10:30 am
    • Jeremy said....

      Yes it is.

      April 4, 2013 at 11:34 am
    • JP said....

      Lets hope that UC is walked out through that door sooner rather than later. I’m totally shocked at the logical, too perfect and simple to be chosen name choice. Thought for sure they’d mess that one up, but I was wrong. Well done.

      April 4, 2013 at 11:45 am
  10. Clinton said....

    Bill,
    That should definite be the permanent logo! LOL!!!!

    April 4, 2013 at 2:06 pm
  11. dgb said....

    It sounds like a sport’s apparel line, but it could have been worse.

    The nickname “The American” is no better than “The Mountain”.

    April 4, 2013 at 2:49 pm
  12. Steven said....

    I do think JP that Cincy will leave for ACC and Uconn will follow suit aswell later on down the road.

    April 4, 2013 at 3:33 pm
    • Bill said....

      ACC doesnt seem to want Cinci right now; but after FSU bolts for the Big XII; they will be quick to reconsider.

      April 4, 2013 at 9:34 pm
  13. WAHOOS12 said....

    Is Louisville coming to the ACC?

    April 5, 2013 at 9:41 am
  14. robertclarkr said....

    AAC sounds better to me than The American. Good opportunity to stick it to the ever “we’re better than anybody” ACC

    April 6, 2013 at 9:58 pm
  15. Boyee said....

    I would have preferred just Metropolitan League. The Met for short.

    May 24, 2013 at 4:08 pm

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