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American Athletic Conference
(The American)
American Athletic Conference logo
Established May 31, 1979 (as the Big East)
July 1, 2013 (reorganized as The American)
Association NCAA
Division Division I FBS
Members 11 (10 Full Members, 1 Associate Member)
12 (11 Full Members, 1 Associate Member) in 2014
13 (11 Full Members, 2 Associate Members) in 2015
Sports fielded 21 (men's: 10; women's: 11)
Region Southern (6 schools)
Northeastern (4 schools)
Midwestern (1 school)
Former names Big East (1979–2013)
Headquarters Providence, Rhode Island
Commissioner Michael Aresco (since 2013)
Website theamerican.org
Locations
American Athletic Conference locations

The American Athletic Conference is an American collegiate athletic conference with member institutions located in the Northeast, Midwest, and Southern regions of the United States.[1][2] The conference is headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, and led by Commissioner Michael Aresco.[2][3] The American participates in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I in athletic competitions; for football, it is a part of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).

The majority of the conference's member institutions are located in urban metropolitan areas. The conference is one of two successors to the all-sports Big East Conference (1979–2013). While the other successor, which does not sponsor football, kept the Big East Conference name, the American Athletic Conference inherited the old Big East's structure and is that conference's legal successor. However, both conferences claim 1979 as their founding date, and the same history up to 2013.[4][5] The prior league underwent substantial turmoil during the 2010–13 NCAA conference realignment period.

The American Athletic Conference was one of the six automatic qualifying conferences or AQ of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), also known as a "Power Six Conference." The conference inherited the old Big East's BCS berth for the 2013 season.[6] However, the new conference will lose its automatic berth as part of the upcoming College Football Playoff in 2014 and become a part of the "Group of Five", which shares automatic access to one spot in the six premier bowl games. The other four conferences in the group are Conference USA (C-USA), the Mid-American Conference (MAC), the Mountain West Conference, and the Sun Belt Conference.[7] On March 12 - 15, 2014 the American Athletic Conference hosted its first ever Men's Basketball Tournament at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee.

History[edit]

The original Big East[edit]

The original Big East Conference was founded in 1979 as a basketball conference and included the colleges of Providence, St. John's, Georgetown, and Syracuse, which in turn invited Connecticut (UConn), Holy Cross, Rutgers, and Boston College to be members.[8][9] UConn and Boston College would accept the invitation, while Holy Cross soon thereafter declined the invitation, and Rutgers eventually declined and remained in the Atlantic 10 Conference (then known as the Eastern 8 Conference). Seton Hall was then invited as a replacement, and the conference started play with seven members.[9]

Villanova and Pittsburgh joined shortly thereafter under the leadership of the Big East's first commissioner, Dave Gavitt.[10][11][12]

The conference remained largely unchanged until 1991, when it began to sponsor football, adding Miami as a full member, and Rutgers, Temple, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia as football-only members.[13] Rutgers and West Virginia upgraded to full Big East membership in 1995, while Virginia Tech did the same in 2000. Temple football was kicked out after the 2004 season, but rejoined in 2012 and intended to become a full Big East member in 2013.

The unusual structure of the Big East, with the "football" and "non-football" schools, led to instability in the conference.[14] The waves of defection and replacement brought about by the conference realignments of 2005 and 2010–13 revealed tension between the football-sponsoring and non-football schools that eventually led to the split of the conference in 2013.[15]

Realignment and reorganization[edit]

Locations of conference member universities

The conference was reorganized following the tumultuous period of realignment that hobbled the Big East between 2010 and 2013. The Big East was one of the most severely impacted conferences during the most recent conference realignment period. In all, 14 member schools announced their departure for other conferences, and 15 other schools announced plans to join the conference (eight as all-sports members, and four for football only). Three of the latter group later backed out of their plans to join (one for all sports, and the other two for football only). Most notably, seven schools — the Catholic 7 — announced in December 2012 that they would leave as a group, later forming the New Big East.[16]

On December 15, 2012, the Big East's seven remaining non-FBS schools, all Catholic institutions — DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall, and Villanova – announced that they voted unanimously to leave the Big East Conference, effective June 30, 2015.[17] The "Catholic 7", by leaving, were looking for a more lucrative television deal than the one they would receive by remaining with the football schools.[18] In March 2013, representatives of the Catholic 7 announced they would leave the conference effective June 30, 2013, retaining the Big East name, $10 million, and the right to hold the conference's basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden.[6][19]

Following the announcement of the departure of the Catholic 7 universities, the remaining ten football-playing members started the process of selecting a new name for the conference and choosing a new site to hold its basketball tournament.[20][21] Various names were considered, with the "America 12" conference reportedly one of the finalists until rejected by college presidents sensitive of adding a number to the end of the conference name.[22] On April 3, 2013, the conference announced that it had chosen a new name: The American Athletic Conference.[1] It also revealed that it prefers the nickname "The American"; it was thought "AAC" would cause too much confusion with the Atlantic Coast Conference, or ACC.[23]

Louisville and Rutgers will only spend one season in the renamed conference. On July 1, 2014, Louisville will join the ACC[24] and Rutgers will join the Big Ten Conference.[25]

Commissioners[edit]

Name Term
Michael Aresco 2013–present[3]

Membership timeline[edit]

The American Full members, The American Assoc. members (football only), The American Assoc. members (other sports), Other colors = Other affiliations

Member universities[edit]

Full members[edit]

The conference currently has ten full member institutions and one associate in eight states, including Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas. In 2014, The American will lose its presence in Kentucky and New Jersey but will gain a presence in Louisiana, North Carolina, and Oklahoma. By 2015, the conference will include eleven universities in ten states; the geographic domain of the conference will stretch from Texas to Connecticut (west to east) and from Connecticut to Florida (north to south).

Institution Location
(Population)
Founded Type Undergraduate Enrollment Postgraduate Enrollment Joined[26] Nickname Mascot Colors
University of Central Florida Orlando, Florida
(249,562)
1963 Public 50,968 9,213 2013 Knights Knightro, Pegasus          
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio
(296,223)
1819 Public 31,985 10,673 2005 Bearcats The Bearcat          
University of Connecticut Storrs, Connecticut
(15,344)
1881 Public 22,595 7,879 1979[27] Huskies Jonathan the Husky          
University of Houston Houston, Texas
(2,099,451)
1927 Public 32,760 7,987 2013 Cougars Shasta          
University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky
(746,906)
1798 Public 15,893 6,400 2005 Cardinals Cardinal Bird          
University of Memphis Memphis, Tennessee
(662,897)
1912 Public 17,963 5,068 2013 Tigers TOM          
Rutgers University New Brunswick, New Jersey
(56,160)
1766 Public 43,967 14,821 1991 (football)
1995 (all sports)
Scarlet Knights Scarlet Knight     
University of South Florida Tampa, Florida
(335,709)
1956 Public 36,225 9,581 2005 Bulls Rocky the Bull          
Southern Methodist University Dallas, Texas
(1,197,816)
1911 Private 7,000 5,000 2013 Mustangs Peruna          
Temple University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
(1,526,006)
1884 Public 27,725 5,478 1991, 2012 (football)[28]
2013 (all sports)
Owls Hooter, the Owl          
  • Denotes schools leaving the conference effective June 30, 2014.

Associate members[edit]

Source:[29]

Institution Location
(Population)
Founded Type Undergraduate Enrollment Postgraduate Enrollment Joined Sports Conference Nickname Mascot Colors
Villanova University Radnor Township, Pennsylvania
(31,531)
1842 Private 6,394 3,200 1980 (full)
2013 (sport only)[30]
Women's Rowing Big East Conference Wildcats Will D. Cat               

Future members[edit]

Four universities have been invited to join the conference. East Carolina, Tulane, and Tulsa will join in 2014; the Naval Academy (known athletically as "Navy") will join in 2015. Tulane and Tulsa were invited as full members. East Carolina was originally invited as a football-only member, but was subsequently invited as a full member.[31][32] Navy will join as an associate member (football only).[33]

Full Members[edit]

Institution Location
(Population)
Founded Type Undergraduate Enrollment Postgraduate Enrollment Joining Nickname Mascot Colors
East Carolina University Greenville, North Carolina
(86,017)
1907 Public 21,589 5,797 2014 Pirates PeeDee the Pirate          
Tulane University New Orleans, Louisiana
(360,740)
1834 Private 8,352 5,110 2014 Green Wave Riptide the Pelican          
University of Tulsa Tulsa, Oklahoma
(396,466)
1894 Private 3,174 1,178 2014 Golden Hurricane Captain Cane               

Associate Members[edit]

Institution Location
(Population)
Founded Type Enrollment Joining Sport Conference Nickname Mascot Colors
United States Naval Academy Annapolis, Maryland
(38,394)
1845 Federal 4,576 2015 Football Patriot League Midshipmen Bill the Goat          


Sports[edit]

For 2013-14, the American Athletic Conference sponsors championship competition in ten men's and eleven women's NCAA sanctioned sports; Villanova is an associate member for rowing:[34]

Teams in American Athletic Conference competition
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball
9
-
Basketball
10
10
Cross Country
8
10
Football
10
-
Golf
10
7
Rowing
-
7
Soccer
8
10
Softball
-
8
Swimming & Diving
4
6
Tennis
7
10
Track and Field (Indoor)
8
10
Track and Field (Outdoor)
8
10
Volleyball
-
10

Under NCAA rules reflecting the large number of male scholarship participants in football and attempting to address gender equity concerns (see also Title IX), each member institution is required to provide more women's varsity sports than men's.[35]

The old Big East Conference sponsored championship competition in eleven men's and thirteen women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[36] The new conference will not sponsor men's or women's lacrosse or field hockey. For the 2013-2014 season, all teams in the American which sponsor these sports will compete in the Big East, but this could change for later years.[37] The American's website indicates that it will sponsor men's swimming and diving despite having only four teams.[38]

Men's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Football Golf Soccer Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
Total AAC Sports
Cincinnati Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 9
Connecticut Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
East Carolina Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Houston Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 7
Louisville Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Memphis Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Rutgers Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 8
South Florida Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Southern Methodist Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN 6
Temple Green tickY* Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN 6
Tulane Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY 6
Tulsa Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
UCF Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN 6
Totals 9/9 10/11 8/9 10/11 10/10 9/8 4/4 7/9 8/9 8/9 83/89
  • Pink highlight indicates schools departing after 2013-14. Grey highlight indicates schools joining in 2014.
  • Totals reflect membership changes; first number is with Louisville and Rutgers; second figure is with East Carolina, Tulane, and Tulsa replacing Louisville and Rutgers.
  • Navy will join The American as an associate member on July 1, 2015. The Midshipmen will play only football in the conference, bringing the total number of football playing institutions to 12 at that date.
  • Temple Announced in December 2013 that after the 2014 season they will not be sponsoring a Baseball team in the American Conference.

Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the American Athletic Conference which are played by AAC schools:

School Crew Gymnastics Ice hockey Lacrosse Rifle1 Wrestling
Connecticut No No AHA2 No No No
Memphis No No No No GARC No
Rutgers No No No Big East No EIWA
Temple Independent ECAC No No No No

Notes:

1: Rifle is technically a men's sport, but men's, women's, and coed teams all compete against each other. 2. Men's hockey at Connecticut will move to Hockey East starting in 2014.

Women's sponsored sports by school[edit]

School Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Rowing Soccer Softball Swimming
& Diving
Tennis Track & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
Volleyball Total AAC Sports
Cincinnati Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Connecticut Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
East Carolina Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Houston Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Louisville Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
Memphis Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Rutgers Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 11
South Florida Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Southern Methodist Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Temple Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Tulane Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Tulsa Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
UCF Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Totals 10/11 10/11 8/9 7+1/5+1* 10/10 8/8 6/6 10/11 10/11 10/11 10/11 98+1/104+1
  • Temple has cut rowing (as of 7/1/14) and then was reinstated on 2/24/14
    • = Associate Villanova
  • Pink highlight indicates schools departing after 2013-14. Grey highlight indicates schools joining in 2014.
  • Totals reflect membership changes; first number is with Louisville and Rutgers; second figure is with East Carolina, Tulane, and Tulsa replacing Louisville and Rutgers.
  • = Houston did not have a women's golf program before joining The American. UH will begin sponsoring the sport in 2013–14; two players will represent UH as individuals in that season, with a full team to be formed starting in 2014–15.[39]

Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the American Athletic Conference which are played by AAC schools:

School Bowling Fencing Field Hockey Equestrian Gymnastics Ice hockey Lacrosse Rifle1 Sailing Sand Volleyball
Cincinnati No No No No No No Big East No No No
Connecticut No No Big East No No Hockey East Big East No No No
Louisville No No Big East No No No Big East No No No
Memphis No No No No No No No GARC No No
Rutgers No No Big East No EAGL No Big East No No No
South Florida No No No No No No No No SAISA No
Southern Methodist No No No Independent No No No No No No
Temple No NIWFA Big East No Independent No Big East No No No
Tulane Independent No No No No No No No No Independent

Notes:

1: Rifle is technically a men's sport, but men's, women's, and coed teams all compete against each other.

Football[edit]

The conference began football during the 1991–92 season, and was a founding member of the Bowl Championship Series.[40] The American teams play eight conference games a season. Conference opponents operate on a two-year cycle, as a home-and-home series.[41] The conference does not have enough teams to form divisions, but will in 2015 when Navy joins the conference.[42]

Like the conference itself, football experienced much transition through its history – in fact it was the main force behind such departures and expansion. In 2003, the BCS announced that it would adjust the automatic bids granted to its six founding conferences based on results from 2004–07. With the addition of Cincinnati, Louisville, and South Florida in 2005, the conference retained its BCS automatic-qualifying status. In 2007, South Florida rose to No. 2 in the BCS rankings, but finished No. 21 in the final poll. Cincinnati finished the 2009 regular season undefeated at 12–0, and ranked No. 3 in the final BCS standings, barely missing the opportunity to play for the BCS National Championship.

All-time school records by wins[edit]

This list goes through the 2013 American Athletic Conference football season.

No. Team Records Win Pct. First Year The American Championships National Championships
1 South Florida 103–62–0 .624 1997 0 0
2 Tulsa 597–453–27 .567 1895 0 0
3 UCF 216–186–1 .537 1979 1 0
4 Houston 396–345–15 .534 1946 0 0
5 East Carolina 390–357–11 .522 1932 0 0
6 Cincinnati 580–558–51 .509 1885 0 0
7 Memphis 432–449–33 .491 1912 0 0
8 Connecticut 494–526–39 .485 1896 0 0
9 Southern Methodist 439–477–54 .480 1915 0 3
10 Tulane 503–607–38 .455 1893 0 0
11 Temple 416–544–53 .437 1894 0 0

Conference champions[edit]

Record Ranking
Year Champions Conference Overall AP Coaches' Bowl result Head coach
2013 UCF 8–0 12–1 #10 #12 W Fiesta Bowl 52–42 vs. Baylor George O'Leary
  • For football champions of the Big East Conference from 1991-2012, the precursor to The American, see this list.

Conference rivalries[edit]

The American has many rivalries among its member schools, primarily in football. Some rivalries existed before the conference was established or began play in football. Recent conference realignment in 2005 and 2013 ended – or temporarily halted – many rivalries. Before their departure to other conferences, a number of former member schools held longtime rivalries within the conference.

Some of the rivalries between The American schools include:

Game Trophy Team Team First Year Final Year
Cincinnati–Louisville rivalry The Keg of Nails Cincinnati Louisville 1929 2013
East Carolina–UCF rivalry East Carolina UCF 1991
Navy–Southern Methodist rivalry Gansz Trophy Navy Southern Methodist 1930
Houston–Southern Methodist rivalry Houston Southern Methodist 1975
Louisville–Memphis rivalry Louisville Memphis 1948 2013
South Florida–UCF rivalry South Florida UCF 2005

Bowl games[edit]

Following the 2013 season, the BCS era came to a close. With the birth of the College Football Playoff, The American lost its automatic qualifying status for one of the major bowls. Under the playoff, four teams will play in two semifinal games, with the winners advancing to the new College Football Championship Game.[43] Six bowl games — the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and Chick-fil-A Bowl — will rotate as hosts for the semifinal games, and host major bowls when they do not host semifinal games (access bowls). One automatic qualifying spot is reserved for the highest ranked team from the "Group of Five" conferences - The American, Conference USA, the Mid-American Conference, Mountain West Conference, and Sun Belt Conference.

Although the pick order usually corresponds to the conference standings, the bowls are not required to make their choices strictly according to the won-lost records; many factors influence bowl selections, especially the likely turnout of the team's fans. Picks are made after any applicable College Football Playoff selections. If a team is selected for the one of the access bowls or playoff, the bowl with the No. 2 pick will have the first pick of the remaining teams in the conference.

Year Name Location Opposing Conference
2014–19 Cotton, Peach, Fiesta, or Playoff Dallas, Atlanta, Glendale, or Playoff Site CFP At-Large
2014–19 BBVA Compass Bowl Birmingham, Alabama SEC
2014–19 St. Petersburg Bowl St. Petersburg, Florida ACC 3X, C-USA 3X
2014–19 Miami Beach Bowl Miami, Florida C-USA, MAC, or Sun Belt (2X each)
2014–19 Military Bowl Annapolis, Maryland ACC
2014/16/18 Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, Texas Big 12 2X, Army 1X (Big 12 backup)
2014/16/18 Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas MAC 2X, C-USA 1X
2015/17/19 Hawaiʻi Bowl Honolulu, Hawaii MWC
2015/16/17/19 Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, Florida MAC 2X, C-USA 2X
2018/19 New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, Louisiana MAC 1X, Sun Belt 1X
2014–19 Liberty, Duck Commander Independence, and Poinsettia Bowls Memphis, Shreveport, or San Diego Backup Agreement
  • If The American's champion is the highest ranked from among the "Group of Five" conferences, it will receive a bid to either the Cotton Bowl, the Peach Bowl, or the Fiesta Bowl. If the team is ranked in the top four at the end of the regular season, it will take part in the College Football Playoff.

Head coach compensation[edit]

The total pay of head coaches includes university and non-university compensation. This includes base salary, income from contracts, foundation supplements, bonuses and media and radio pay.[44]

Conference Rank University Head Coach 2013 Total Pay[45]
1 University of Cincinnati Tuberville, TommyTommy Tuberville $3,143,000
2 Southern Methodist University Jones, JuneJune Jones $1,911,511
3 University of South Florida Taggart, WillieWillie Taggart $1,807,745
4 University of Connecticut Pasqualoni, PaulPaul Pasqualoni $1,700,000
5 University of Central Florida O'Leary, GeorgeGeorge O'Leary $1,534,728
6 East Carolina University McNeill, RuffinRuffin McNeill $1,150,000
7 University of Memphis Fuente, JustinJustin Fuente $956,779
8 University of Houston Levine, TonyTony Levine $902,100
9 Temple University Rhule, MattMatt Rhule $860,000
10 Tulane University Johnson, CurtisCurtis Johnson $800,000[46]
11 University of Tulsa Blankenship, BillBill Blankenship $619,549

Conference individual honors[edit]

Coaches and media of The American award individual honors at the end of each football season.[47]

Men's basketball[edit]

In June 2013, it was announced that the inaugural men's basketball tournament will take place at FedExForum in Memphis.[48] FedExForum had previously hosted eight Conference USA basketball tournaments.

Even though the Big East Conference was meant to be a basketball-oriented conference, the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship (the first after the conferences split) was won by UConn, a member of the American.

All-time school records by wins[edit]

This list goes through the 2012–13 season.[49]

No. Team Records Win Pct. The American
Tournament Championships
The American Regular
Season Championships
Final Fours National Championships
1 Louisville 1,697–869 .661 1 1 10 3
2 Temple 1,814–992 .646 0 0 2 1
3 Connecticut 1,589–888 .641 0 0 5 4
4 Memphis 1,441–838 .632 0 0 3 0
5 Cincinnati 1,646–963 .631 0 1 6 2
6 Houston 1,152–786 .595 0 0 5 0
7 Tulsa 1,338–1,081 .553 0 0 0 0
8 UCF 653–531 .551 0 0 0 0
9 Rutgers 1,170–1,105 .514 0 0 1 0
10 Southern Methodist 1,205–1,165 .511 0 0 1 0
11 Tulane 1,151–1,175 .495 0 0 0 0
12 East Carolina 1,004–1,036 .492 0 0 0 0
13 South Florida 575–641 .464 0 0 0 0
  • Pink highlight indicates schools departing after 2013-14. Grey highlight indicates schools joining in 2014.

Women's basketball[edit]

In June 2013, it was announced that the inaugural women's basketball tournament will take place at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.[50] Women's basketball teams have played a total of eighteen times in the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship (since 1982), with UConn winning eight national championships under head coach Geno Auriema since 1995. Women's national championship tournaments prior to 1982 were run by the AIAW.

All-time school records by wins[edit]

This list goes through the 2013-14 season.[51]

No. Team Records Win Pct. The American
Tournament Championships
The American Regular
Season Championships
Final Fours National Championships
1 Connecticut 971–295 .767 1 1 15 9
2 Tulane 511–360 .587 0 0 0 0
3 Memphis 693–521 .571 0 0 0 0
4 Temple 762–628 .548 0 0 0 0
5 Houston 625–536 .538 0 0 0 0
6 Southern Methodist 591–519 .532 0 0 0 0
7 East Carolina 549–497 .525 0 0 0 0
8 Cincinnati 591–551 .518 0 0 0 0
9 UCF 499–535 .483 0 0 0 0
10 South Florida 564–652 .464 0 0 0 0
11 Tulsa 286–490 .369 0 0 0 0
  • Louisville and Rutgers left conference after 2013-14. Tulane, East Carolina and Tulsa will join conference for the 2014-15 season.

Facilities[edit]

Institution Football stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity Baseball stadium Capacity
All-sports Members
Cincinnati Nippert Stadium
Paul Brown Stadium
35,097
65,790
Fifth Third Arena 13,176 Marge Schott Stadium 3,085
Connecticut Rentschler Field 40,000 Harry A. Gampel Pavilion
XL Center
10,167
16,294
J. O. Christian Field 2,000
East Carolina†† Dowdy–Ficklen Stadium 50,000 Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum 8,000 Clark-LeClair Stadium 5,000
Houston Houston Football Stadium 40,000 Hofheinz Pavilion 8,479 Cougar Field 5,000
Louisville Papa John's Cardinal Stadium 55,000 KFC Yum! Center 22,090 Jim Patterson Stadium 4,000
Memphis Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium 61,008 FedExForum (men)
Elma Roane Fieldhouse (women)
18,119
2,565
FedExPark 2,000
Rutgers High Point Solutions Stadium 52,454 Louis Brown Athletic Center (The RAC) 8,000 Bainton Field 1,500
South Florida Raymond James Stadium 65,908 USF Sun Dome 10,411 USF Baseball Stadium 3,211
Southern Methodist Gerald J. Ford Stadium 32,000 Moody Coliseum 8,998 Non-baseball school
Temple Lincoln Financial Field 68,532 Liacouras Center 10,206 Skip Wilson Field 1,000
Tulane†† Yulman Stadium 30,000 Smoothie King Center (men)
Devlin Fieldhouse (men/women)
17,003
3,600
Turchin Stadium 5,000
Tulsa†† H. A. Chapman Stadium 30,000 Reynolds Center 8,355 Non-baseball school
UCF Bright House Networks Stadium 45,323 CFE Arena 10,072 Jay Bergman Field 3,900
Associate Member
Navy††† Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium 34,000 Associate member
  • Denotes schools leaving the conference effective June 30, 2014.
  • †† Denotes schools joining the conference on July 1, 2014.
  • ††† Denotes schools joining the conference on July 1, 2015.
  • Future members in grey, departing members in red.

Academics[edit]

One of the current member schools, Rutgers University, is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU).[52] One of the future member schools, Tulane University, is also an AAU member.

Additionally, member schools are also highly ranked nationally and globally by various groups, including U.S. News & World Report, Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) and Times Higher Education World University Rankings (Times). As of 2012, one conference institution is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world, with Rutgers ranked 59th.[53]

Endowments, rankings, and research[edit]

University Location Endowment Funds[54] Washington Monthly National Rankings[55] US News National Ranking[56] URAP US Ranking[57]
East Carolina University†† Greenville, North Carolina $128,551,000 183 181 170
Rutgers University New Brunswick, New Jersey $698,507,000 85 69 44
Southern Methodist University University Park, Texas $1,196,508,000 261 60 179
Temple University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania $280,731,000 161 121 107
Tulane University†† New Orleans, Louisiana $1,014,985,000 86 52 113
United States Naval Academy††† Annapolis, Maryland
Federal institution
14A
University of Central Florida Orlando, Florida $127,129,000 106 170 112
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio $1,004,368,000 177 135 57
University of Connecticut Storrs, Connecticut $312,329,000 66 57 89
University of Houston Houston, Texas $662,984,000 178 190 105
University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky $772,157,000 61 161 102
University of Memphis Memphis, Tennessee $195,060,000 51 200+ 188
University of South Florida Tampa, Florida $411,061,232 138 170 76
University of Tulsa†† Tulsa, Oklahoma $800,925,000 248 86 291
  • Denotes schools leaving the conference effective June 30, 2014.
  • †† Denotes schools joining the conference on July 1, 2014.
  • ††† Denotes schools joining the conference on July 1, 2015.
  • A The Naval Academy is ranked in the "National Liberal Arts Colleges" category by U.S. News & World Reports.
  • Future members in grey, departing members in red.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  5. ^ (New) Big East Conference history
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  27. ^ Connecticut's football program did not join the conference until 2004.
  28. ^ Temple was not a Big East football member between the 2005 and 2011 seasons, most of this time being spent in the Mid-American Conference.
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  30. ^ Villanova joined the conference in 1980 but left as part of the conference breakup. As women's rowing is not a Big East sport, Villanova will participate in the American for the sport.
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