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American Athletic Conference
(The American)
American Athletic Conference logo
EstablishedMay 31, 1979 (as the Big East)
July 1, 2013 (reorganized as The American)
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision I FBS
Members11 (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 fielded21 (men's: 10; women's: 11)
RegionSouthern (6 schools)
Northeastern (4 schools)
Midwestern (1 school)
Former namesBig East (1979–2013)
HeadquartersProvidence, Rhode Island
CommissionerMichael Aresco (since 2013)
Websitetheamerican.org
Locations
American Athletic Conference locations
 
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American Athletic Conference
(The American)
American Athletic Conference logo
EstablishedMay 31, 1979 (as the Big East)
July 1, 2013 (reorganized as The American)
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision I FBS
Members11 (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 fielded21 (men's: 10; women's: 11)
RegionSouthern (6 schools)
Northeastern (4 schools)
Midwestern (1 school)
Former namesBig East (1979–2013)
HeadquartersProvidence, Rhode Island
CommissionerMichael Aresco (since 2013)
Websitetheamerican.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]

NameTerm
Michael Aresco2013–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).

InstitutionLocation
(Population)
FoundedTypeUndergraduate EnrollmentPostgraduate EnrollmentJoined[26]NicknameMascotColors
University of Central FloridaOrlando, Florida
(249,562)
1963Public50,9689,2132013KnightsKnightro, Pegasus         
University of CincinnatiCincinnati, Ohio
(296,223)
1819Public31,98510,6732005BearcatsThe Bearcat         
University of ConnecticutStorrs, Connecticut
(15,344)
1881Public22,5957,8791979[27]HuskiesJonathan the Husky         
University of HoustonHouston, Texas
(2,099,451)
1927Public32,7607,9872013CougarsShasta         
University of LouisvilleLouisville, Kentucky
(746,906)
1798Public15,8936,4002005CardinalsCardinal Bird         
University of MemphisMemphis, Tennessee
(662,897)
1912Public17,9635,0682013TigersTOM         
Rutgers UniversityNew Brunswick, New Jersey
(56,160)
1766Public43,96714,8211991 (football)
1995 (all sports)
Scarlet KnightsScarlet Knight    
University of South FloridaTampa, Florida
(335,709)
1956Public36,2259,5812005BullsRocky the Bull         
Southern Methodist UniversityDallas, Texas
(1,197,816)
1911Private7,0005,0002013MustangsPeruna         
Temple UniversityPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
(1,526,006)
1884Public27,7255,4781991, 2012 (football)[28]
2013 (all sports)
OwlsHooter, the Owl         

Associate members[edit]

Source:[29]

InstitutionLocation
(Population)
FoundedTypeUndergraduate EnrollmentPostgraduate EnrollmentJoinedSportsConferenceNicknameMascotColors
Villanova UniversityRadnor Township, Pennsylvania
(31,531)
1842Private6,3943,2001980 (full)
2013 (sport only)[30]
Women's RowingBig East ConferenceWildcatsWill 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]

InstitutionLocation
(Population)
FoundedTypeUndergraduate EnrollmentPostgraduate EnrollmentJoiningNicknameMascotColors
East Carolina UniversityGreenville, North Carolina
(86,017)
1907Public21,5895,7972014PiratesPeeDee the Pirate         
Tulane UniversityNew Orleans, Louisiana
(360,740)
1834Private8,3525,1102014Green WaveRiptide the Pelican         
University of TulsaTulsa, Oklahoma
(396,466)
1894Private3,1741,1782014Golden HurricaneCaptain Cane              

Associate Members[edit]

InstitutionLocation
(Population)
FoundedTypeEnrollmentJoiningSportConferenceNicknameMascotColors
United States Naval AcademyAnnapolis, Maryland
(38,394)
1845Federal4,5762015FootballPatriot LeagueMidshipmenBill 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
SportMen'sWomen'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]

SchoolBaseballBasketballCross
Country
FootballGolfSoccerSwimming
& Diving
TennisTrack & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
Total AAC Sports
CincinnatiGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickY9
ConnecticutGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY10
East CarolinaGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY9
HoustonGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickY7
LouisvilleGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY10
MemphisGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY9
RutgersGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickY8
South FloridaGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY9
Southern MethodistRed XNGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XN6
TempleGreen tickY*Green tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYRed XNRed XN6
TulaneGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNRed XNGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickY6
TulsaRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY8
UCFGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYRed XNRed XN6
Totals9/910/118/910/1110/109/84/47/98/98/983/89

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

SchoolCrewGymnasticsIce hockeyLacrosseRifle1Wrestling
ConnecticutNoNoAHA2NoNoNo
MemphisNoNoNoNoGARCNo
RutgersNoNoNoBig EastNoEIWA
TempleIndependentECACNoNoNoNo

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]

SchoolBasketballCross
Country
GolfRowingSoccerSoftballSwimming
& Diving
TennisTrack & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
VolleyballTotal AAC Sports
CincinnatiGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY9
ConnecticutGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY10
East CarolinaGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY10
HoustonGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY10
LouisvilleGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY11
MemphisGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY9
RutgersGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY11
South FloridaGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY9
Southern MethodistGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY10
TempleGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY7
TulaneGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY8
TulsaGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY10
UCFGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY10
Totals10/1110/118/97+1/5+1*10/108/86/610/1110/1110/1110/1198+1/104+1

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

SchoolBowlingFencingField HockeyEquestrianGymnasticsIce hockeyLacrosseRifle1SailingSand Volleyball
CincinnatiNoNoNoNoNoNoBig EastNoNoNo
ConnecticutNoNoBig EastNoNoHockey EastBig EastNoNoNo
LouisvilleNoNoBig EastNoNoNoBig EastNoNoNo
MemphisNoNoNoNoNoNoNoGARCNoNo
RutgersNoNoBig EastNoEAGLNoBig EastNoNoNo
South FloridaNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoSAISANo
Southern MethodistNoNoNoIndependentNoNoNoNoNoNo
TempleNoNIWFABig EastNoIndependentNoBig EastNoNoNo
TulaneIndependentNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoIndependent

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.TeamRecordsWin Pct.First YearThe American ChampionshipsNational Championships
1South Florida103–62–0.624199700
2Tulsa597–453–27.567189500
3UCF216–186–1.537197910
4Houston396–345–15.534194600
5East Carolina390–357–11.522193200
6Cincinnati580–558–51.509188500
7Memphis432–449–33.491191200
8Connecticut494–526–39.485189600
9Southern Methodist439–477–54.480191503
10Tulane503–607–38.455189300
11Temple416–544–53.437189400

Conference champions[edit]

RecordRanking
YearChampionsConferenceOverallAPCoaches'Bowl resultHead coach
2013UCF8–012–1#10#12W Fiesta Bowl 52–42 vs. BaylorGeorge 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:

GameTrophyTeamTeamFirst YearFinal Year
Cincinnati–Louisville rivalryThe Keg of NailsCincinnatiLouisville19292013
East Carolina–UCF rivalryEast CarolinaUCF1991
Navy–Southern Methodist rivalryGansz TrophyNavySouthern Methodist1930
Houston–Southern Methodist rivalryHoustonSouthern Methodist1975
Louisville–Memphis rivalryLouisvilleMemphis19482013
South Florida–UCF rivalrySouth FloridaUCF2005

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.

YearNameLocationOpposing Conference
2014–19Cotton, Peach, Fiesta, or PlayoffDallas, Atlanta, Glendale, or Playoff SiteCFP At-Large
2014–19BBVA Compass BowlBirmingham, AlabamaSEC
2014–19St. Petersburg BowlSt. Petersburg, FloridaACC 3X, C-USA 3X
2014–19Miami Beach BowlMiami, FloridaC-USA, MAC, or Sun Belt (2X each)
2014–19Military BowlAnnapolis, MarylandACC
2014/16/18Armed Forces BowlFort Worth, TexasBig 12 2X, Army 1X (Big 12 backup)
2014/16/18Bahamas BowlNassau, BahamasMAC 2X, C-USA 1X
2015/17/19Hawaiʻi BowlHonolulu, HawaiiMWC
2015/16/17/19Boca Raton BowlBoca Raton, FloridaMAC 2X, C-USA 2X
2018/19New Orleans BowlNew Orleans, LouisianaMAC 1X, Sun Belt 1X
2014–19Liberty, Duck Commander Independence, and Poinsettia BowlsMemphis, Shreveport, or San DiegoBackup Agreement

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 RankUniversityHead Coach2013 Total Pay[45]
1University of CincinnatiTuberville, TommyTommy Tuberville$3,143,000
2Southern Methodist UniversityJones, JuneJune Jones$1,911,511
3University of South FloridaTaggart, WillieWillie Taggart$1,807,745
4University of ConnecticutPasqualoni, PaulPaul Pasqualoni$1,700,000
5University of Central FloridaO'Leary, GeorgeGeorge O'Leary$1,534,728
6East Carolina UniversityMcNeill, RuffinRuffin McNeill$1,150,000
7University of MemphisFuente, JustinJustin Fuente$956,779
8University of HoustonLevine, TonyTony Levine$902,100
9Temple UniversityRhule, MattMatt Rhule$860,000
10Tulane UniversityJohnson, CurtisCurtis Johnson$800,000[46]
11University of TulsaBlankenship, 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.TeamRecordsWin Pct.The American
Tournament Championships
The American Regular
Season Championships
Final FoursNational Championships
1Louisville1,697–869.66111103
2Temple1,814–992.6460021
3Connecticut1,589–888.6410054
4Memphis1,441–838.6320030
5Cincinnati1,646–963.6310162
6Houston1,152–786.5950050
7Tulsa1,338–1,081.5530000
8UCF653–531.5510000
9Rutgers1,170–1,105.5140010
10Southern Methodist1,205–1,165.5110010
11Tulane1,151–1,175.4950000
12East Carolina1,004–1,036.4920000
13South Florida575–641.4640000

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.TeamRecordsWin Pct.The American
Tournament Championships
The American Regular
Season Championships
Final FoursNational Championships
1Connecticut971–295.76711159
2Tulane511–360.5870000
3Memphis693–521.5710000
4Temple762–628.5480000
5Houston625–536.5380000
6Southern Methodist591–519.5320000
7East Carolina549–497.5250000
8Cincinnati591–551.5180000
9UCF499–535.4830000
10South Florida564–652.4640000
11Tulsa286–490.3690000

Facilities[edit]

InstitutionFootball stadiumCapacityBasketball arenaCapacityBaseball stadiumCapacity
All-sports Members
CincinnatiNippert Stadium
Paul Brown Stadium
35,097
65,790
Fifth Third Arena13,176Marge Schott Stadium3,085
ConnecticutRentschler Field40,000Harry A. Gampel Pavilion
XL Center
10,167
16,294
J. O. Christian Field2,000
East Carolina††Dowdy–Ficklen Stadium50,000Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum8,000Clark-LeClair Stadium5,000
HoustonHouston Football Stadium40,000Hofheinz Pavilion8,479Cougar Field5,000
LouisvillePapa John's Cardinal Stadium55,000KFC Yum! Center22,090Jim Patterson Stadium4,000
MemphisLiberty Bowl Memorial Stadium61,008FedExForum (men)
Elma Roane Fieldhouse (women)
18,119
2,565
FedExPark2,000
RutgersHigh Point Solutions Stadium52,454Louis Brown Athletic Center (The RAC)8,000Bainton Field1,500
South FloridaRaymond James Stadium65,908USF Sun Dome10,411USF Baseball Stadium3,211
Southern MethodistGerald J. Ford Stadium32,000Moody Coliseum8,998Non-baseball school
TempleLincoln Financial Field68,532Liacouras Center10,206Skip Wilson Field1,000
Tulane††Yulman Stadium30,000Smoothie King Center (men)
Devlin Fieldhouse (men/women)
17,003
3,600
Turchin Stadium5,000
Tulsa††H. A. Chapman Stadium30,000Reynolds Center8,355Non-baseball school
UCFBright House Networks Stadium45,323CFE Arena10,072Jay Bergman Field3,900
Associate Member
Navy†††Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium34,000Associate member

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]

UniversityLocationEndowment Funds[54]Washington Monthly National Rankings[55]US News National Ranking[56]URAP US Ranking[57]
East Carolina University††Greenville, North Carolina$128,551,000183181170
Rutgers UniversityNew Brunswick, New Jersey$698,507,000856944
Southern Methodist UniversityUniversity Park, Texas$1,196,508,00026160179
Temple UniversityPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania$280,731,000161121107
Tulane University††New Orleans, Louisiana$1,014,985,0008652113
United States Naval Academy†††Annapolis, Maryland
Federal institution
14A
University of Central FloridaOrlando, Florida$127,129,000106170112
University of CincinnatiCincinnati, Ohio$1,004,368,00017713557
University of ConnecticutStorrs, Connecticut$312,329,000665789
University of HoustonHouston, Texas$662,984,000178190105
University of LouisvilleLouisville, Kentucky$772,157,00061161102
University of MemphisMemphis, Tennessee$195,060,00051200+188
University of South FloridaTampa, Florida$411,061,23213817076
University of Tulsa††Tulsa, Oklahoma$800,925,00024886291

See also[edit]

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