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Not to be confused with the America East Conference.
American Athletic Conference
(The American)
American Athletic Conference logo
Established May 31, 1979; 35 years ago (1979-05-31)[note 1]
Association NCAA
Division Division I FBS
Members 14 (11 Full, 3 Associate)
15 (11 Full, 4 Associate; in 2015)
Sports fielded 21 (men's: 10; women's: 11)
Region
Former names Big East (1979–2013)[note 2]
Headquarters Providence, Rhode Island
Commissioner Michael Aresco (since 2013)
Website theamerican.org
Locations
American Athletic Conference locations

The American Athletic Conference (The American) is an American collegiate athletic conference, featuring fourteen member universities that compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division I, with its football teams competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the highest levels for athletic competition in U.S. collegiate sports. Member universities represent a range of well-regarded private and public universities of various enrollment sizes located primarily in urban metropolitan areas in the Northeastern, Midwestern, Western, and Southern regions of the United States.[1][2] The American was considered one of the six collegiate power conferences of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS).[note 3][3] With the advent of the College Football Playoff in 2014, The American will become a part of the "Group of Five" conferences, which share automatic access to one spot in the six premier bowl games.[note 4][4]

Founded in 1979, the league underwent substantial turmoil during the 2010–13 NCAA conference realignment period, and is one of two successors to the all-sports Big East Conference (1979–2013). While the other successor, which does not sponsor football, purchased 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.[5][6] The American is headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, and led by Commissioner Michael Aresco.[2][7]

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]

Blue pog.svg – All sports member
Red pog.svg – Associate member (women's rowing)
Green pog.svg – Future member (football)

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.[3][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] The league also revealed that it prefers the nickname "The American"; it was thought "AAC" would cause too much confusion with the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).[23]

Louisville and Rutgers spent one season in the renamed conference. On July 1, 2014, Louisville joined the ACC[24] and Rutgers joined the Big Ten Conference.[25] On that same day, East Carolina, Tulane, and Tulsa joined The American for all sports, while Sacramento State and San Diego State joined as associate members for women's rowing.[26][27] Navy will join as an associate member in football on July 1, 2015.[26]

Commissioners[edit]

Name Term
Michael Aresco 2013–present[7]

Membership timeline[edit]

Navy Midshipmen Tulsa Golden Hurricane Tulane Green Wave East Carolina Pirates UCF Knights SMU Mustangs Memphis Tigers Houston Cougars South Florida Bulls Cincinnati Bearcats Louisville Cardinals Temple Owls Rutgers Scarlet Knights Connecticut Huskies

All-sports member
Football-only member

Member universities[edit]

For more details on members of the old Big East, see this list.

The conference currently has eleven full member institutions and three associate members in ten states, including California, Connecticut, Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas. In 2015, the conference will include fifteen universities in eleven states; the geographic domain of the conference will stretch from California to Connecticut (west to east) and from Connecticut to Florida (north to south).

Current members[edit]

Institution Location
(Population)
Founded Joined Type Enrollment Nickname Colors
University of Central Florida Orlando, Florida
(249,562)
1963 2013 Public (SUSF) 59,770 Knights          
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio
(296,943)
1819 2005 Public (USO) 42,656 Bearcats          
University of Connecticut Storrs, Connecticut
(15,344)
1881 1979[note 5] Public 30,474 Huskies          
East Carolina University Greenville, North Carolina
(89,130)
1907 2014 Public (UNC) 27,386 Pirates          
University of Houston Houston, Texas
(2,160,821)
1927 2013 Public (UHS) 40,747 Cougars          
University of Memphis Memphis, Tennessee
(670,132)
1912 2013 Public (TBR) 21,480 Tigers          
University of South Florida Tampa, Florida
(347,645)
1956 2005 Public (SUSF) 47,646 Bulls          
Southern Methodist University University Park, Texas
(23,068)
1911 2013 Private (Methodist) 12,000 Mustangs          
Temple University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
(1,553,165)
1884 1991, 2012[note 6] Public (CSHE) 37,619 Owls          
Tulane University New Orleans, Louisiana
(378,715)
1834 2014 Private 13,462 Green Wave          
University of Tulsa Tulsa, Oklahoma
(398,121)
1894 2014 Private (Presbyterian) 4,352 Golden Hurricane               

Associate members[edit]

Institution Location
(Population)
Founded Joined Type Enrollment Nickname Colors Sport Primary
Conference
Sacramento State University Sacramento, California
(466,488)
1947 2014 Public (CSU) 28,811 Hornets           Rowing Big Sky
San Diego State University San Diego, California
(1,345,895)
1897 2014 Public (CSU) 29,392 Aztecs           Rowing Mountain West
Villanova University Villanova, Pennsylvania
(31,531)
1842 1980[note 7] Private (Catholic) 10,482 Wildcats                Rowing Big East

Future associate member[edit]

The Naval Academy (known athletically as "Navy") will join in 2015 as a football-only member, bringing the conference's football-playing schools up to 12.[28]

Institution Location
(Population)
Founded Joins Type Enrollment Nickname Colors Sport Primary
Conference
United States Naval Academy Annapolis, Maryland
(38,394)
1845 2015 Federal 4,576 Midshipmen           Football Patriot

Former members[edit]

Two members have departed from the conference.

Institution Location
(Population)
Founded Joined Left Type Enrollment Nickname Colors Current
Conference
Rutgers University New Brunswick, New Jersey
(55,181)
1766 1991[note 8] 2014 Public (RU) 38,912 Scarlet Knights      Big Ten
University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky
(756,832)
1798 2005 2014 Public 22,529 Cardinals           ACC

Sports[edit]

The American sponsors championship competition in ten men's and eleven women's NCAA sanctioned sports. Sacramento State, San Diego State University, and Villanova University are associate members for women's rowing.[29] Conference members who sponsor women's lacrosse and field hockey compete as associate members of the Big East.[30]

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.[note 9]

Sport Men's Women's
Baseball
10
Basketball
11
11
Cross Country
9
11
Football
11
Golf
10
9
Rowing
8
Soccer
8
10
Softball
7
Swimming & Diving
4
6
Tennis
9
11
Track and Field (Indoor)
9
11
Track and Field (Outdoor)
9
11
Volleyball
11

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
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
Memphis Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
South Florida Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
SMU Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN 6
Temple Red XN 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
Associate Member
Navy[note 10] Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN 1
Totals 8 11 9 11 10 8 4 9 7 8 85

Men's varsity sports not sponsored by The American which are played by conference schools:

School Ice hockey Rifle[note 11] Rowing[note 12]
Connecticut HEA Red XN Red XN
Memphis Red XN GARC Red XN
Temple Red XN Red XN Independent

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
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
Memphis Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
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
SMU 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 8
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
Associate Members
Sacramento State Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN 1
San Diego State Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN 1
Villanova Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN 1
Totals 11 11 9 8 10 7 6 11 11 11 11 106

Women's varsity sports not sponsored by The American which are played by conference schools:

School Bowling Fencing Field Hockey Equestrian Gymnastics Ice hockey Lacrosse Rifle[note 11] Sailing Sand Volleyball
Cincinnati Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Big East Red XN Red XN Red XN
Connecticut Red XN Red XN Big East Red XN Red XN Hockey East Big East Red XN Red XN Red XN
Memphis Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN GARC Red XN Red XN
South Florida Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN SAISA Red XN
SMU Red XN Red XN Red XN Independent Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN
Temple Red XN NIWFA Big East Red XN Independent Red XN Big East Red XN Red XN Red XN
Tulane Independent Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Independent

Football[edit]

The conference began football during the 1991–92 season, and was a founding member of the Bowl Championship Series.[31] The American teams play eight conference games a season. Conference opponents operate on a two-year cycle, as a home-and-home series.[32] The conference does not have enough teams to form divisions, but will in 2015 when Navy joins the conference.[note 13] When Navy joins in 2015 and divisions are created, Navy will be placed in the west division along with Houston, Memphis, SMU, Tulane, and Tulsa. The division winners will then meet in the American Athletic Conference Football Championship Game, which will be played at the home site of the higher ranked team.[33]

West Division East Division
Houston Cincinnati
Memphis Connecticut
Navy East Carolina
SMU South Florida
Tulane Temple
Tulsa UCF

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. The conference was 9–7 (.563) in BCS bowl games, the third highest winning percentage amongst the AQ conferences.

All-time school records by winning percentage[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 Tulsa 597–453–27 .567 1895 0 0
2 South Florida 113–88–0 .562 1997 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 SMU 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]

For more details on football champions of the Big East Conference from 1991–2012, see this list.
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

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
East Carolina–UCF rivalry East Carolina UCF 1991
Navy–Southern Methodist rivalry Gansz Trophy Navy SMU 1930
Houston–SMU rivalry Houston SMU 1975
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.[34] Six bowl games — the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and Peach 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[note 14] 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 BYU (2014), C-USA, MAC, or Sun Belt
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
2015–19 Cure Bowl Orlando, Florida Sun Belt
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 ACC or SEC (Backup Agreement)

Head football 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.[35]

Conference Rank University Head Coach Salary[36]
1 University of Cincinnati Tuberville, TommyTommy Tuberville $3,143,000
2 University of Central Florida O'Leary, GeorgeGeorge O'Leary $2,000,000
3 Southern Methodist University Jones, JuneJune Jones $1,911,511
4 University of South Florida Taggart, WillieWillie Taggart $1,807,745
5 University of Connecticut Diaco, BobBob Diaco $1,500,000
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[37]
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.[38]

Men's basketball[edit]

In June 2013, it was announced that the inaugural men's basketball tournament will take place at FedExForum in Memphis.[39] 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 winning percentage[edit]

This list goes through the 2013–14 season.[40]

No. Team Records Win Pct. The American
Tournament Championships
The American Regular
Season Championships
Final Fours National Championships
1 Temple 1,814–992 .646 0 0 2 0
2 Connecticut 1,589–888 .641 0 0 5 4
3 Memphis 1,441–838 .632 0 0 3 0
4 Cincinnati 1,646–963 .631 0 1 6 2
5 Houston 1,152–786 .595 0 0 5 0
6 Tulsa 1,338–1,081 .553 0 0 0 0
7 UCF 653–531 .551 0 0 0 0
8 SMU 1,205–1,165 .511 0 0 1 0
9 Tulane 1,151–1,175 .495 0 0 0 0
10 East Carolina 1,004–1,036 .492 0 0 0 0
11 South Florida 575–641 .464 0 0 0 0

Conference champions[edit]

For more details on men's basketball champions of the Big East Conference from 1980–2013, see this list.
Regular Season Tournament
Year Champions Record AP Coaches' Postseason Champions Record AP Coaches' Postseason
2013–14 Louisville 31–6 (15–3) #5 #9 NCAA Sweet Sixteen Louisville 31–6 #5 #9 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
Cincinnati 27–7 (15–3) #15 #22 NCAA Second Round

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.[41] 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 nine 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 winning percentage[edit]

This list goes through the 2013–14 season.[42]

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 SMU 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

Conference champions[edit]

For more details on women's basketball champions of the Big East Conference from 1983–2013, see this list.
Regular Season Tournament
Year Champions Record AP Coaches' Postseason Champions Record AP Coaches' Postseason
2013–14 Connecticut 40–0 (18–0) #1 #1 NCAA Champion Connecticut 40–0 #1 #1 NCAA Champion

Facilities[edit]

Institution Football stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity Baseball stadium Capacity
All-sports Members
Cincinnati Nippert Stadium
Paul Brown Stadium
35,000
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 TDECU Stadium 40,000 Hofheinz Pavilion 8,479 Cougar Field 5,000
Memphis Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium 61,008 FedExForum (men)
Elma Roane Fieldhouse (women)
18,119
2,565
FedExPark 2,000
South Florida Raymond James Stadium 65,908 USF Sun Dome 10,411 USF Baseball Stadium 3,211
SMU 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
  • The institution highlighted in gray will join the conference on July 1, 2015.

Academics[edit]

One of the current member schools, Tulane University, is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada.[43] Six members are doctorate-granting university's with "very high research activity," the highest classification given by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.[44] Member schools are also highly ranked nationally and globally by various groups, including U.S. News & World Report, Washington Monthly, and Times Higher Education.

University Location Affiliation Carnegie[44] Endowment[45] USN Nat.[46] WM Nat.[47] URAP U.S.[48]
University of Central Florida Orlando, Florida Public (SUSF) Research (VH) $135,462,000 170 211 114
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio Public (USO) Research (VH) $1,045,606,000 135 191 57
University of Connecticut Storrs, Connecticut Public Research (VH) $344,174,000 57 81 94
East Carolina University Greenville, North Carolina Public (UNC) Doctoral $144,701,000 181 171 69
University of Houston Houston, Texas Public (UHS) Research (VH) $716,422,000 190 68 104
University of Memphis Memphis, Tennessee Public (TBR) Research (H) $218,308,000 200+ 37 188
University of South Florida Tampa, Florida Public (SUSF) Research (VH) $363,924,000 170 78 72
Southern Methodist University University Park, Texas Private (Methodist) Research (H) $1,268,079,000 60 260 164
Temple University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Public (CSHE) Research (H) $323,837,000 121 195 108
Tulane University New Orleans, Louisiana Private Research (VH) $1,047,813,000 52 100 112
University of Tulsa Tulsa, Oklahoma Private (Presbyterian) Doctoral $885,458,000 86 164 297

Media[edit]

As of 2014, The American has carriage agreements with the following broadcast and cable networks.[49][50][51]

Television[edit]

  • ESPN on ABC broadcasts select football games.
  • CBS Sports Network carries select men's basketball games.
  • ESPN broadcasts football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, and other sports across its networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, and ESPNU). ESPN broadcasts the men's and women's basketball tournament, the baseball championship game, the championship game for select olympic sports, and will broadcast the football championship game beginning in 2015.

Internet[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The American is the legal all-sports successor to the Big East Conference (1979–2013). The Big East was rebranded and reorganized as the American Athletic Conference on July 1, 2013.
  2. ^ The American is the legal successor to the Big East Conference (1979–2013) and retains its charter. The current Big East Conference purchased the “Big East” name during the 2013 conference breakup.
  3. ^ The American inherited the Big East's automatic berth to a BCS game for the 2013 season.
  4. ^ The other conferences in the "Group of Five" are Conference USA (C-USA), the Mid-American Conference (MAC), the Mountain West Conference, and the Sun Belt Conference.
  5. ^ Connecticut's football program did not join the conference until 2004.
  6. ^ 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. Temple joined as a football only member in 2012, and as an all-sports member in 2013.
  7. ^ Villanova joined the conference in 1980 but left as part of the 2013 conference breakup. As women's rowing is not a Big East sport, Villanova will participate in the American for the sport.
  8. ^ Rutgers joined the conference in 1991 as a football only member, and joined in all-sports in 1995.
  9. ^ Under NCAA Bylaw 20.9.4, all Division I schools are required to sponsor a minimum of seven men's and seven women's sports, or six men's and eight women's sports. Bylaw 20.9.7.1 imposes the latter requirement on FBS schools. FCS schools, under Bylaw 20.9.8.1, may use either requirement. Note that this does not explicitly require that a school sponsor two more women's sports than men's sports. See "2012–13 NCAA Division I Manual". NCAA. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  10. ^ Navy will be joining The American as an associate member in football only beginning on July 1, 2015. It will continue to field its other sports in the NCAA Division I Patriot League.
  11. ^ a b Rifle is technically a men's sport, but men's, women's, and coed teams all compete against each other.
  12. ^ The only category of rowing that the NCAA governs is women's heavyweight rowing. All men's rowing is governed by the Intercollegiate Rowing Association.
  13. ^ The NCAA currently requires 12 teams for a conference to conduct divisional play and stage a championship game.
  14. ^ 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.

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