Posted April 04, 2013

Report: Former Big East schools to rebrand as American Athletic Conference

NCAAB, NCAAF

The conference formerly known as the Big East will adopt American Athletic Conference as its new name, according to Brett McMurphy of ESPN.

The remaining lineup of former Big East schools consisting of Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, Rutgers and South Florida, plus new additions Central Florida, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, SMU, Temple and Tulane, reportedly needed to finalize a new name before May 2.

The schools reportedly to be bundled as the American Athletic Conference gave the rights to the Big East name to the new basketball only alignment of DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Villanova, Butler, Creighton and Xavier.


8 comments
GeorgeLovell
GeorgeLovell

Will this conference now get the Big East's automatic BCS bid?

vanboja
vanboja

Man, is this conference a shadow of what it used to be.  Sure, I woudln't consider the old Big East great, but this lineup is horrible.  Not one traditional (football) power in the lot.  They will be even worse when Rutgers leaves.

Sun Devils
Sun Devils

Their brand of play will probably be a step under the American Athletic Union (AAU). So, the name probably fits but it still sucks --- like the institutions that make up that little leauge (not Elite or Premier, but the kids that cannot run, catch, or throw).

MattBugaj
MattBugaj

The name is terrible. As Akeem said, "I go to the University of the United States."

jshawaii22
jshawaii22

Drop conferences entirely and do something more what Soccer does... Put the 10 best teams in a "TOP" division.  The next 10 in the next division and so on.  

 

Each year you play the other 9 teams in your division + 3 out of  your division.  At the end of each year the bottom two teams are moved down to the next lower division and the the next two teams in the next lower division move up.   If you have 20 divisions, you could have "Championship" games in each division replacing the worthless lower bowl games we have now, as my system would have winners with the chance to move up a division making them relevant again.  

 Do that across all of Division 1 and you develop a fair system where the conference affiliation (cough, Boise State, cough) doesn't matter anymore.   Better teams will play in the better divisions and  equal schools end up playing 9  games each year against equal competition + 3 'choice games'  - which can be the 'annual' games.. (Irish vs. S'ern Cal, Ohio St vs Mich, etc) --   

 

js

 

 

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

The greed of college sports and realignment.. A generic named conference that will last less than 3 seasons before they are pillaged by bigger conferences and illogical geographies and rivalries will be created..my my my

vanboja
vanboja

Works in England b/c it is a relatively small country.  Say goodbye to traveling fan bases.  I can't imagine Ohio State fans traveling, en masse, to road games in Florida, Texas A&M, Oregon on a regular basis. 

KenKing
KenKing

 @vanboja 

To clarify even further, England is almost exactly 50% the size of Texas.  While the concept is very attractive in one way, it id flawed in so many:

1) One could make an argument that the first and perhaps second division teams could afford all the travel. But what about the teams in the tenth division? They have no regional rivalries. They have no hope of a cash cow like Michigan coming to fill their stadium. The get no payday when they go to be sacrificed at the Big House.

2) How do all the other sports teams group themselves? Do they have to travel and play the football schools, or do they stay in the current leagues?

3) While the term 'student athlete' is a joke, such a scenario would completely blow that out of the water, since there would be at least 2 full travel days per week.

 

Ironically, it was the Big East itself that opened this door, when Miami was inexplicably added to the conference, even though it has nothing in common in terms of academics or geography.

 

My suggestion is to make 'big time' college athletics what it actually is - a minor professional development league. It would be not unlike the old factory sponsored minor league baseball teams. The towns still took pride and there was still rivalries. Why make the athletes actually study, when they really don't do it now ( Hello Auburn!!) Of course the reason this could never happen is that the schools would have to pay the athletes actually dollar bills, instead of the ethereal value of an education in underwater basket weaving. They have a cash cow, with the current situation - at least until Ed O'Bannon is done with them.