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American Athletic Conference
(The American)
American Athletic Conference logo
EstablishedMay 31, 1979; 35 years ago (1979-05-31)[note 1]
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision I FBS
Members14 (11 Full, 3 Associate)
15 (11 Full, 4 Associate; in 2015)
Sports fielded21 (men's: 10; women's: 11)
Region
Former namesBig East (1979–2013)[note 2]
HeadquartersProvidence, Rhode Island
CommissionerMichael Aresco (since 2013)
Websitetheamerican.org
Locations
American Athletic Conference locations
 
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Not to be confused with the America East Conference.
American Athletic Conference
(The American)
American Athletic Conference logo
EstablishedMay 31, 1979; 35 years ago (1979-05-31)[note 1]
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision I FBS
Members14 (11 Full, 3 Associate)
15 (11 Full, 4 Associate; in 2015)
Sports fielded21 (men's: 10; women's: 11)
Region
Former namesBig East (1979–2013)[note 2]
HeadquartersProvidence, Rhode Island
CommissionerMichael Aresco (since 2013)
Websitetheamerican.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] The American, however, remains a power conference in men's basketball, and is home to the reigning national champions. [5]

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.[6][7] The American is headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, and led by Commissioner Michael Aresco.[2][8]

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.[9][10] 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.[10]

Villanova and Pittsburgh joined shortly thereafter under the leadership of the Big East's first commissioner, Dave Gavitt.[11][12][13]

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.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16]

Realignment and reorganization[edit]

American Athletic Conference is located in USA
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.[17]

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.[18] 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.[19] 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][20]

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.[21][22] 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.[23] 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).[24]

Louisville and Rutgers spent one season in the renamed conference. On July 1, 2014, Louisville joined the ACC[25] and Rutgers joined the Big Ten Conference.[26] 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.[27][28] Navy will join as an associate member in football on July 1, 2015.[27]

Commissioners[edit]

NameTerm
Michael Aresco2013–present[8]

Membership timeline[edit]

Navy MidshipmenTulsa Golden HurricaneTulane Green WaveEast Carolina PiratesUCF KnightsSMU MustangsMemphis TigersHouston CougarsSouth Florida BullsCincinnati BearcatsLouisville CardinalsTemple OwlsRutgers Scarlet KnightsConnecticut 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]

InstitutionLocation
(Population)
FoundedJoinedTypeEnrollmentNicknameColors
University of Central FloridaOrlando, Florida
(249,562)
19632013Public (SUSF)59,770KnightsBlack & Gold[29]
         
University of CincinnatiCincinnati, Ohio
(296,943)
18192005Public (USO)42,656BearcatsRed & Black[30]
         
University of ConnecticutStorrs, Connecticut
(15,344)
18811979[note 5]Public30,474HuskiesNavy Blue, White, Red, & Grey[31]
                   
East Carolina UniversityGreenville, North Carolina
(90,434)
19072014Public (UNC)27,511PiratesPurple & Gold[32]
         
University of HoustonHouston, Texas
(2,160,821)
19272013Public (UHS)40,747CougarsRed, Blue, & Silver[33]
              
University of MemphisMemphis, Tennessee
(670,132)
19122013Public (TBR)21,480TigersBlue, Gray[34]
         
University of South FloridaTampa, Florida
(347,645)
19562005Public (SUSF)47,646BullsGreen & Gold[35]
         
Southern Methodist UniversityUniversity Park, Texas
(23,068)
19112013Private (Methodist)12,000MustangsRed & Blue[36]
         
Temple UniversityPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
(1,553,165)
18841991, 2012[note 6]Public (CSHE)37,619OwlsTemple Red, Black, & White[37]
              
Tulane UniversityNew Orleans, Louisiana
(378,715)
18342014Private13,462Green WaveTulane Green & Tulane Blue[38]
         
University of TulsaTulsa, Oklahoma
(398,121)
18942014Private (Presbyterian)4,352Golden HurricaneRoyal Blue, Old Gold, & Crimson[39]
              

Associate members[edit]

InstitutionLocation
(Population)
FoundedJoinedTypeEnrollmentNicknameColorsSportPrimary
Conference
California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State)Sacramento, California
(466,488)
19472014Public (CSU)28,811Hornets         RowingBig Sky
San Diego State UniversitySan Diego, California
(1,345,895)
18972014Public (CSU)29,392Aztecs         RowingMountain West
Villanova UniversityVillanova, Pennsylvania
(31,531)
18421980[note 7]Private (Catholic)10,482Wildcats              RowingBig 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.[40]

InstitutionLocation
(Population)
FoundedJoinsTypeEnrollmentNicknameColorsSportPrimary
Conference
United States Naval AcademyAnnapolis, Maryland
(38,394)
18452015Federal4,576Midshipmen         FootballPatriot

Former members[edit]

Two members have departed from the conference.

InstitutionLocation
(Population)
FoundedJoinedLeftTypeEnrollmentNicknameColorsCurrent
Conference
Rutgers UniversityNew Brunswick, New Jersey
(55,181)
17661991[note 8]2014Public (RU)38,912Scarlet Knights    Big Ten
University of LouisvilleLouisville, Kentucky
(756,832)
179820052014Public22,529Cardinals         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.[41] Conference members who sponsor women's lacrosse and field hockey compete as associate members of the Big East.[42]

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]

SportMen'sWomen'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]

SchoolBaseballBasketballCross
Country
FootballGolfSoccerSwimming
& Diving
TennisTrack & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
Total
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
MemphisGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY9
South FloridaGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY9
SMURed XNGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XN6
TempleRed XNGreen 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
Associate Member
Navy[note 10]Red XNRed XNRed XNGreen tickYRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XN1
Totals811911108497885

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

SchoolIce hockeyRifle[note 11]Rowing[note 12]
ConnecticutHEARed XNRed XN
MemphisRed XNGARCRed XN
TempleRed XNRed XNIndependent

Women's sponsored sports by school[edit]

SchoolBasketballCross
Country
GolfRowingSoccerSoftballSwimming
& Diving
TennisTrack & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
VolleyballTotal
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
MemphisGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY9
South FloridaGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY9
SMUGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY10
TempleGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYRed XNRed XNGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY8
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
Associate Members
Sacramento StateRed XNRed XNRed XNGreen tickYRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XN1
San Diego StateRed XNRed XNRed XNGreen tickYRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XN1
VillanovaRed XNRed XNRed XNGreen tickYRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XN1
Totals111198107611111111106

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

SchoolBowlingFencingField HockeyEquestrianGymnasticsIce hockeyLacrosseRifle[note 11]SailingSand Volleyball
CincinnatiRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XNBig EastRed XNRed XNRed XN
ConnecticutRed XNRed XNBig EastRed XNRed XNHockey EastBig EastRed XNRed XNRed XN
MemphisRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XNGARCRed XNRed XN
South FloridaRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XNSAISARed XN
SMURed XNRed XNRed XNIndependentRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XN
TempleRed XNNIWFABig EastRed XNIndependentRed XNBig EastRed XNRed XNRed XN
TulaneIndependentRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XNRed XNIndependent

Football[edit]

The conference began football during the 1991–92 season, and was a founding member of the Bowl Championship Series.[43] The American teams play eight conference games a season. Conference opponents operate on a two-year cycle, as a home-and-home series.[44] 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, SMU, Tulsa, Tulane, and Memphis. 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.

West DivisionEast Division
HoustonCentral Florida
NavyCincinnati
MemphisConnecticut
SMUEast Carolina
TulaneSouth Florida
TulsaTemple

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.TeamOverall RecordWin Pct.Conference RecordFirst YearThe American ChampionshipsNational Championships
1Tulsa597–453–27.5670–0189500
2South Florida113–88–0.5622–6199700
3UCF216–186–1.5378–0197910
4Houston396–345–15.5345–3194600
5East Carolina390–357–11.5220–0193200
6Cincinnati580–558–51.5096–2188500
7Memphis432–449–33.4911–7191200
8Connecticut494–526–39.4853–5189600
9SMU439–477–54.4804–4191503
10Tulane503–607–38.4550–0189300
11Temple416–544–53.4371–7189400

Conference champions[edit]

For more details on football champions of the Big East Conference from 1991–2012, see this list.
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
East Carolina–UCF rivalryEast CarolinaUCF1991
Navy–Southern Methodist rivalryGansz TrophyNavySMU1930
Houston–SMU rivalryHoustonSMU1975
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.[45] 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.

YearNameLocationOpposing Conference
2014–19Cotton, Peach, Fiesta, or Playoff[note 14]Dallas, Atlanta, Glendale, or Playoff SiteCFP At-Large
2014–19Birmingham BowlBirmingham, AlabamaSEC
2014–19Bitcoin St. Petersburg BowlSt. Petersburg, FloridaACC or C-USA
2014–19Miami Beach BowlMiami, FloridaBYU (2014), C-USA, MAC, or Sun Belt
2014–19Military BowlAnnapolis, MarylandACC
2014/16/18Armed Forces BowlFort Worth, TexasBig 12 or Army
2014/16/18Bahamas BowlNassau, BahamasMAC or C-USA
2015–19Cure BowlOrlando, FloridaSun Belt
2015/17/19Hawaiʻi BowlHonolulu, HawaiiMWC
2015/16/17/19Boca Raton BowlBoca Raton, FloridaMAC or C-USA
2018/19New Orleans BowlNew Orleans, LouisianaMAC or Sun Belt
2014–19Liberty, Duck Commander Independence, and Poinsettia BowlsMemphis, Shreveport, or San DiegoACC 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.[46]

Conference RankUniversityHead CoachSalary[46]
1University of CincinnatiTuberville, TommyTommy Tuberville$3,200,000
2Southern Methodist UniversityJones, JuneJune Jones$2,100,000
3University of Central FloridaO'Leary, GeorgeGeorge O'Leary$2,000,000
4University of South FloridaTaggart, WillieWillie Taggart$2,000,000
5University of ConnecticutDiaco, BobBob Diaco$1,500,000
6Temple UniversityRhule, MattMatt Rhule$1,300,000
7East Carolina UniversityMcNeill, RuffinRuffin McNeill$1,250,000
8Tulane UniversityJohnson, CurtisCurtis Johnson$1,200,000
9University of HoustonLevine, TonyTony Levine$1,000,000
10University of MemphisFuente, JustinJustin Fuente$975,000
11University of TulsaBlankenship, BillBill Blankenship$700,000

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 winning percentage[edit]

This list goes through the 2013–14 season.[49]

No.TeamRecordsWin Pct.The American
Tournament Championships
The American Regular
Season Championships
Final FoursNational Championships
1Temple1,814–992.6460020
2Connecticut1,589–888.6410054
3Memphis1,441–838.6320030
4Cincinnati1,646–963.6310162
5Houston1,152–786.5950050
6Tulsa1,338–1,081.5530000
7UCF653–531.5510000
8SMU1,205–1,165.5110010
9Tulane1,151–1,175.4950000
10East Carolina1,004–1,036.4920000
11South Florida575–641.4640000

Conference champions[edit]

For more details on men's basketball champions of the Big East Conference from 1980–2013, see this list.
Regular SeasonTournament
YearChampionsRecordAPCoaches'PostseasonChampionsRecordAPCoaches'Postseason
2013–14Louisville31–6 (15–3)#5#9NCAA Sweet SixteenLouisville31–6#5#9NCAA Sweet Sixteen
Cincinnati27–7 (15–3)#15#22NCAA 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.[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 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.[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
6SMU591–519.5320000
7East Carolina549–497.5250000
8Cincinnati591–551.5180000
9UCF499–535.4830000
10South Florida564–652.4640000
11Tulsa286–490.3690000

Conference champions[edit]

For more details on women's basketball champions of the Big East Conference from 1983–2013, see this list.
Regular SeasonTournament
YearChampionsRecordAPCoaches'PostseasonChampionsRecordAPCoaches'Postseason
2013–14Connecticut40–0 (18–0)#1#1NCAA ChampionConnecticut40–0#1#1NCAA Champion

Facilities[edit]

InstitutionFootball stadiumCapacityBasketball arenaCapacityBaseball stadiumCapacity
All-sports Members
CincinnatiNippert Stadium
Paul Brown Stadium
35,000
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 CarolinaDowdy–Ficklen Stadium50,000Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum8,000Clark-LeClair Stadium5,000
HoustonTDECU Stadium40,000Hofheinz Pavilion8,479Cougar Field5,000
MemphisLiberty Bowl Memorial Stadium59,308FedExForum (men)
Elma Roane Fieldhouse (women)
18,119
2,565
FedExPark2,000
South FloridaRaymond James Stadium65,908USF Sun Dome10,411USF Baseball Stadium3,211
SMUGerald J. Ford Stadium32,000Moody Coliseum8,998Non-baseball school
TempleLincoln Financial Field68,532Liacouras Center10,206Skip Wilson Field1,000
TulaneYulman Stadium30,000Smoothie King Center (men)
Devlin Fieldhouse (men/women)
17,003
3,600
Turchin Stadium5,000
TulsaH. A. Chapman Stadium30,000Reynolds Center8,355Non-baseball school
UCFBright House Networks Stadium45,323CFE Arena10,072Jay Bergman Field3,900
Associate Member
NavyNavy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium34,000Associate member

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.[52] 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.[53] Member schools are also highly ranked nationally and globally by various groups, including U.S. News & World Report, Washington Monthly, and Times Higher Education.

UniversityLocationAffiliationCarnegie[53]Endowment[54]USN Nat.[55]WM Nat.[56]URAP U.S.[57]
University of Central FloridaOrlando, FloridaPublic (SUSF)Research (VH)$135,462,000173211114
University of CincinnatiCincinnati, OhioPublic (USO)Research (VH)$1,045,606,00012919157
University of ConnecticutStorrs, ConnecticutPublicResearch (VH)$344,174,000588194
East Carolina UniversityGreenville, North CarolinaPublic (UNC)Doctoral$144,701,000RNP17169
University of HoustonHouston, TexasPublic (UHS)Research (VH)$716,422,00018968104
University of MemphisMemphis, TennesseePublic (TBR)Research (H)$218,308,000RNP37188
University of South FloridaTampa, FloridaPublic (SUSF)Research (VH)$363,924,0001617872
Southern Methodist UniversityUniversity Park, TexasPrivate (Methodist)Research (H)$1,268,079,00058260164
Temple UniversityPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaPublic (CSHE)Research (H)$323,837,000121195108
Tulane UniversityNew Orleans, LouisianaPrivateResearch (VH)$1,047,813,00054100112
University of TulsaTulsa, OklahomaPrivate (Presbyterian)Doctoral$885,458,00088164297

Media[edit]

As of 2014, The American has carriage agreements with the following broadcast and cable networks.[58][59][60]

Television[edit]

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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