American Athletic Conference is new name for Big East

By Kevin Kelley -

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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  1. Kro
    April 3, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Any logo yet?

  2. ClintP
    April 3, 2013 at 11:22 pm

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

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

    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.

  4. EverettHughes
    April 3, 2013 at 11:26 pm

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

  5. EverettHughes
    April 3, 2013 at 11:29 pm

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

    • Dave
      April 4, 2013 at 5:56 am

      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.

    • Kevin Kelley
      April 4, 2013 at 10:48 am

      Last word is late April.

    • Dave
      April 5, 2013 at 2:31 am

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

  6. EverettHughes
    April 3, 2013 at 11:31 pm

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

  7. caimy
    April 4, 2013 at 9:11 am

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

  8. AJ
    April 4, 2013 at 10:23 am

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

  9. Anonymous
    April 4, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Hey, Bill that’s not funny

    • Jeremy
      April 4, 2013 at 11:34 am

      Yes it is.

    • JP
      April 4, 2013 at 11:45 am

      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.

  10. Clinton
    April 4, 2013 at 2:06 pm

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

  11. dgb
    April 4, 2013 at 2:49 pm

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

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

  12. Steven
    April 4, 2013 at 3:33 pm

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

    • Bill
      April 4, 2013 at 9:34 pm

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

  13. WAHOOS12
    April 5, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Is Louisville coming to the ACC?

  14. robertclarkr
    April 6, 2013 at 9:58 pm

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

  15. Boyee
    May 24, 2013 at 4:08 pm

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