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The AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE (also known as THE AMERICAN and sometimes abbreviated AAC) is an American collegiate athletic conference , featuring 12 member universities and three associate 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). Member universities represent a range of 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
United States
.

The American's legal predecessor, the original Big East Conference , was considered one of the six collegiate power conferences of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) era in college football , and The American inherited that status in the BCS's final season. With the advent of the College Football Playoff in 2014, The American became a "Group of Five" conference, which shares one automatic spot in the New Year\'s Six bowl games.

The league is the product of substantial turmoil in the old Big East during the 2010–14 conference realignment period . It is one of two conferences to emerge from the all-sports Big East in 2013. While the other successor, which does not sponsor football, purchased the Big East Conference name, The American 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. The American is headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island
Providence, Rhode Island
, and led by Commissioner Michael Aresco .

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 The original Big East * 1.2 Realignment and reorganization * 1.3 Commissioners * 1.4 Membership timeline

* 2 Member universities

* 2.1 Current members * 2.2 Associate members * 2.3 Former full members * 2.4 Former associate members

* 3 Sports

* 3.1 Men\'s sponsored sports by school * 3.2 Women\'s sponsored sports by school

* 4 NCAA
NCAA
team championships

* 5 Football

* 5.1 All-time school records by winning percentage * 5.2 Conference champions * 5.3 Rivalries * 5.4 Bowl games * 5.5 Head football coach compensation * 5.6 Conference individual honors

* 6 Men\'s basketball

* 6.1 All-time school records by winning percentage * 6.2 Rivalries * 6.3 Conference champions

* 7 Women\'s basketball

* 7.1 All-time school records by winning percentage * 7.2 Conference champions

* 8 Facilities * 9 Academics

* 10 Media

* 10.1 Television * 10.2 Internet

* 11 See also * 12 Notes * 13 References * 14 External links

HISTORY

THE ORIGINAL BIG EAST

Main article: Big East Conference (1979–2013)

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
Connecticut
(UConn), Holy Cross , Rutgers , and Boston College to be members. 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.

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

The conference remained largely unchanged until 1991, when it began to sponsor football, adding Miami
Miami
as a full member, and Rutgers, Temple , Virginia Tech , and West Virginia as football-only members. Rutgers and West Virginia were offered full all-sports Big East membership in 1995, while Virginia Tech waited until 2000 for the same offer. 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. The waves of defection and replacement brought about by the conference realignments of 2005 and the early 2010s revealed tension between the football-sponsoring and non-football schools that eventually led to the split of the conference in 2013.

REALIGNMENT AND REORGANIZATION

UCF Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Connecticut
Connecticut
East Carolina Houston
Houston
Memphis
Memphis
South Florida SMU Tulane
Tulane
Tulsa Sacramento State San Diego
San Diego
State Temple Navy Wichita State – All-sports member – Full, non-football member – Associate member (women's rowing) – Associate member (football) Further information: 2010–2014 NCAA
NCAA
conference realignment and 2010–13 Big East Conference realignment

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).

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. 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. 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 .

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. 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. On April 3, 2013, the conference announced that it had chosen a new name: American Athletic Conference. The conference also revealed that it prefers the nickname "The American" because it was thought "AAC" would cause too much confusion with the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

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

For the next several years, The American did not discuss the addition of any new members. However, in March 2017, media reports indicated that the conference was seriously considering adding one or more new members specifically as basketball upgrades. Wichita State , Dayton , and VCU were reportedly considered, with Wichita State being seen as the strongest candidate. By the end of that month, it was reported that talks between the American and Wichita State had advanced to the point that the two sides were discussing a timeline for membership, with the possibility of the Shockers joining as a full but non-football member as early as the 2017–18 school year. The report indicated that a final decision would be made in April. The conference's board of directors voted unanimously on April 7 to add Wichita State effective in July 2017, making the Shockers the league's first full non-football member since the Big East split.

COMMISSIONERS

NAME TERM

Michael Aresco 2013–present

MEMBERSHIP TIMELINE

 All-sports member  Non-football member  Football-only member

MEMBER UNIVERSITIES

For more details on members of the old Big East, see Big East Conference (1979–2013) § Member institutions .

The conference currently has 12 full member institutions – and three associate members – in 12 states, including California, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas. The newest full member, Wichita State, is the only one that does not sponsor football .

CURRENT MEMBERS

INSTITUTION LOCATION FOUNDED JOINED TYPE ENROLLMENT ENDOWMENT NICKNAME COLORS

CENTRAL FLORIDA !UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA Orlando, Florida 1963 2013 Public (SUSF ) 60,810 $146,416,000 Knights

CINCINNATI !UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI Cincinnati, Ohio 1819 2005 Public (USO ) 44,338 $1,165,522,000 Bearcats

CONNECTICUT !UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT Storrs, Connecticut 1881 1979 Public 31,624 $436,900,000 Huskies

EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY Greenville, North Carolina 1907 2014 Public (UNC ) 27,511 $166,732,000 Pirates

HOUSTON !UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON Houston, Texas 1927 2013 Public (UH System ) 42,704 $741,825,000 Cougars

MEMPHIS !UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS Memphis, Tennessee 1912 2013 Public (TBR ) 21,480 $193,753,000 Tigers

SOUTH FLORIDA !UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA Tampa, Florida 1956 2005 Public (SUSF ) 48,353 $395,324,000 Bulls

SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY Dallas, Texas 1911 2013 Private (Methodist ) 10,929 $1,383,981,000 Mustangs

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1884 1991, 2012 Public (CSHE ) 37,788 $494,187,000 Owls

TULANE UNIVERSITY New Orleans, Louisiana 1834 2014 Private 13,531 $1,171,314,000 Green Wave

TULSA !UNIVERSITY OF TULSA Tulsa, Oklahoma
Tulsa, Oklahoma
1894 2014 Private (Presbyterian ) 4,682 $957,523,000 Golden Hurricane

WICHITA STATE !WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY Wichita, Kansas 1895 2017 Public (KBOR ) 14,495 $229,250,000 Shockers

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS

INSTITUTION LOCATION FOUNDED JOINED TYPE ENROLLMENT NICKNAME COLORS SPORT Primary Conference

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, SACRAMENTO Sacramento, California 1947 2014 Public (CSU ) 28,811 Hornets

Rowing Big Sky

SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY San Diego, California 1897 2014 Public (CSU ) 29,392 Aztecs

Rowing Mountain West

Navy ! United States
United States
Naval Academy (Navy) Annapolis, Maryland 1845 2015 Federal 4,400 Midshipmen

Football Patriot League

FORMER FULL MEMBERS

Two full members have departed from the conference.

INSTITUTION LOCATION FOUNDED JOINED LEFT TYPE ENROLLMENT NICKNAME COLORS Current Conference

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY New Brunswick, New Jersey 1766 1991 2014 Public (RU ) 66,013 Scarlet Knights

Big Ten

LOUISVILLE !UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE Louisville, Kentucky 1798 2005 2014 Public 22,529 Cardinals

ACC

FORMER ASSOCIATE MEMBERS

One associate member has left the conference.

INSTITUTION LOCATION FOUNDED JOINED LEFT TYPE ENROLLMENT NICKNAME COLORS SPORT Primary Conference Conference in Former AAC Sport

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY Villanova, Pennsylvania 1842 2013 2015 Private/Catholic (Augustinian ) 10,735 Wildcats

Rowing Big East CAA

SPORTS

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

SPORT MEN\'S WOMEN\'S

Baseball
Baseball
9 –

Basketball
Basketball
12 12

Cross Country 10 12

Football 12 –

Golf
Golf
11 10

Rowing – 7

Soccer 8 10

Softball – 8

Swimming margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;">4 6

Tennis
Tennis
10 12

Track and Field (Indoor) 9 12

Track and Field (Outdoor) 9 12

Volleyball
Volleyball
– 12

MEN\'S SPONSORED SPORTS BY SCHOOL

SCHOOL BASEBALL BASKETBALL Cross Country FOOTBALL GOLF SOCCER Swimming & Diving
Diving
TENNIS Track & Field (Indoor) Track ">N Y Y 9

Connecticut Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10

East Carolina Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y 9

Houston Y Y Y Y Y N N N Y Y 7

Memphis Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y 9

South Florida Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y 9

SMU N Y N Y Y Y Y Y N N 6

Temple N Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N 6

Tulane Y Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y 7

Tulsa N Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y 8

UCF Y Y N Y Y Y N Y N N 6

Wichita State Y Y Y N Y N N Y Y Y 7

ASSOCIATE MEMBER

Navy N N N Y N N N N N N 1

TOTALS 9 12 10 12 11 8 4 10 9 9 94

MEN\'S VARSITY SPORTS NOT SPONSORED BY THE AMERICAN WHICH ARE PLAYED BY CONFERENCE SCHOOLS:

SCHOOL ICE HOCKEY RIFLE ROWING

Connecticut HEA N N

Memphis N GARC N

Temple N N Independent

WOMEN\'S SPONSORED SPORTS BY SCHOOL

SCHOOL BASKETBALL Cross Country GOLF ROWING SOCCER SOFTBALL Swimming & Diving
Diving
TENNIS Track & Field (Indoor) Track ">N Y N Y Y Y Y Y 9

Connecticut Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10

East Carolina Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10

Houston Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10

Memphis Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y 9

South Florida Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y 9

SMU Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y 10

Temple Y Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y 8

Tulane Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y Y 8

Tulsa Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y 10

UCF Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y 10

Wichita State Y Y Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y 8

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS

Sacramento State N N N Y N N N N N N N 1

San Diego
San Diego
State N N N Y N N N N N N N 1

TOTALS 12 12 10 7 10 8 6 12 12 12 12 113

WOMEN\'S VARSITY SPORTS NOT SPONSORED BY THE AMERICAN WHICH ARE PLAYED BY CONFERENCE SCHOOLS:

SCHOOL Beach Volleyball
Volleyball
BOWLING FENCING FIELD HOCKEY EQUESTRIAN GYMNASTICS ICE HOCKEY LACROSSE RIFLE SAILING

Cincinnati — — — — — — — Big East — —

Connecticut — — — Big East — — Hockey East Big East — —

East Carolina — — — — — — — TBA — —

Memphis — — — — — — — — GARC —

South Florida — — — — — — — — — SAISA

SMU — — — — Independent — — — — —

Temple — — NIWFA Big East — Independent — Big East — —

Tulane Independent Southland — — — — — — — —

* WOMEN\'S BOWLING – The Southland Conference provides administrative support for the Southland Bowling League , but the SBL operates independently from regular conference operations. The women's bowling league was established in 2015 and includes Southland Conference members Sam Houston
Houston
State and Stephen F. Austin , plus Arkansas State , Louisiana Tech , Monmouth , Tulane
Tulane
, Valparaiso and Vanderbilt . * East Carolina will play its first women's lacrosse season in 2018 (2017–18 school year), but has not yet announced whether it will have a conference affiliation that season.

NCAA
NCAA
TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

Thru July 2, 2015

Excluded from this list are all national championships earned outside the scope of NCAA
NCAA
competition , including Division I FBS football titles , women's AIAW championships , equestrian titles , and retroactive Helms Athletic Foundation titles .

SCHOOL TOTAL MEN WOMEN CO-ED NICKNAME MOST SUCCESSFUL SPORT (TITLES)

University of Connecticut 21 6 15 0 Huskies Women\'s basketball (11)

University of Houston
University of Houston
17 17 0 0 Cougars Men\'s golf (16)

U.S. Naval Academy 5 5 0 0 Midshipmen Men\'s Fencing (3)

Southern Methodist University 4 4 0 0 Mustangs Men\'s outdoor track ">WEST DIVISION EAST DIVISION

Houston
Houston
Cincinnati
Cincinnati

Memphis
Memphis
Connecticut
Connecticut

Navy East Carolina

SMU South Florida

Tulane
Tulane
Temple

Tulsa UCF

The conference previously did not have enough teams to form divisions, but now does after Navy joined the conference in 2015. When Navy joined in 2015 and divisions were created, Navy was placed in the West division along with Houston, Memphis, SMU, Tulane, and Tulsa. Teams play eight conference games a season. Since 2015, each team has played the other five teams in its own division, as well as three teams from the other division, operating in a four-year cycle ensuring that each school will play every conference opponent at home and on the road at least once in the four-year cycle. The East and West division winners, determined by final conference record, meet in the American Athletic Conference Football Championship Game , which is played at the home site of one of the division winners.

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 to 2007. With the addition of Cincinnati
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

As of December 2015.

NO. TEAM OVERALL RECORD WIN PCT. Conference Record Conf. Win Pct. FIRST YEAR The American Championships National Championships

1 Tulsa 600–477–28 .556 2–6 .250 1895 0 0

2 Navy 682–545–57 .553 14–2 .875 1879 0 1

3 South Florida 117–96–0 .549 18–14 .464 1997 0 0

4 UCF 225–190–1 .542 15–9 .625 1979 2 0

5 Houston
Houston
416–352–15 .541 17–7 .708 1946 1 0

6 East Carolina 426–385–11 .525 5–3 .625 1932 0 0

7 Cincinnati
Cincinnati
592–568–50 .510 17–7 .708 1885 1 0

8 Connecticut
Connecticut
502–541–38 .482 4–12 .250 1896 0 0

9 SMU 475–518–54 .479 5–11 .313 1915 0 3

10 Memphis
Memphis
455–504–33 .475 8–8 .500 1912 1 0

11 Tulane
Tulane
505–618–38 .451 2–6 .250 1893 0 0

12 Temple 446–578–52 .439 12–12 .500 1894 1 0

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS

Main article: American Athletic Conference
American Athletic Conference
Football Championship Game For more details on football champions of the Big East Conference from 1991 to 2012, see Big East Conference (1979–2013) § Champions .

The American Championship Game pits the Eastern Division representative against the Western Division representative in a game held following the conclusion of the regular season. The site of the Championship Game is the home stadium of the division champion with the best overall conference record. In the event that the two division champions are tied, then the head-to-head record shall be used as the tiebreaker. Prior to the 2015 season, when the conference split into two six-team divisions and created a conference championship game, The American awarded its championship to the team(s) with the best overall conference record.

RECORD RANKING

YEAR CHAMPIONS CONFERENCE OVERALL AP COACHES\' BOWL RESULT HEAD COACH

2013 !2013 Central Florida !UCF 8–0 12–1 #10 #12 W Fiesta Bowl 52–42 vs. Baylor † George O\'Leary

2014 !2014 Central Florida !UCF 7–1 9–4 N/A N/A L St. Petersburg Bowl 27–34 vs. NC State George O'Leary

Cincinnati
Cincinnati
! Cincinnati
Cincinnati
7–1 9–4 N/A N/A L Military Bowl 17–33 vs. Virginia Tech Tommy Tuberville

Memphis
Memphis
! Memphis
Memphis
7–1 10–3 #25 #25 W Miami Beach Bowl 55–48 vs. BYU
BYU
Justin Fuente

2015 !2015 Houston
Houston
! Houston
Houston
7–1 13–1 #8 #8 W Peach Bowl 38–24 vs. Florida State † Tom Herman

2016 Temple 7–1 10–3 #23 #24 L Military Bowl 26–34 vs Wake Forest Matt Rhule

* † BCS or CFP Bowl Game

RIVALRIES

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.

TEAMS RIVALRY NAME TROPHY MEETINGS BEGAN RECORD SERIES LEADER CURRENT STREAK

East Carolina–UCF — — 13 1991 10-5-0 East Carolina UCF won 1

Navy–SMU — Gansz Trophy 16 1930 9–7–0 Navy Navy won 5

Houston–SMU — — 31 1975 20-10-1 Houston Houston
Houston
won 3

South Florida–UCF War on I–4 War on I-4 Trophy 8 2005 6-2-0 South Florida USF won 2

Houston-Tulsa - - 39 1950 21-18-0 Houston Houston
Houston
won 2

BOWL GAMES

Following the 2013 season, the BCS era came to a close and was replaced by the College Football Playoff . Four teams will play in two semifinal games, with the winners advancing to the new College Football Championship Game . Six bowl games — the Rose Bowl , Sugar Bowl , Orange 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).

With the birth of the College Football Playoff, The American lost its automatic qualifying status for one of the major bowls. Instead, 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
Dallas
, Atlanta
Atlanta
, Glendale , or Playoff Site CFP At-Large

2014–19 Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, Alabama SEC

2014–19 St. Petersburg Bowl St. Petersburg, Florida ACC or C-USA

2014–19 Miami Beach Bowl Miami, Florida BYU
BYU
(2014), C-USA , MAC , or Sun Belt

2014–19 Military Bowl Annapolis, Maryland ACC

2014/16/17/19 Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Big 12 or Army

2016/18 Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas MAC or C-USA

2015–19 Cure Bowl Orlando, Florida Sun Belt

2015/17/19 Hawaiʻi Bowl Honolulu, Hawaii MWC or BYU
BYU

2015/16/17/19 Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, Florida MAC or C-USA

2018–19 New Orleans
New Orleans
Bowl New Orleans, Louisiana MAC or Sun Belt

2014–19 Liberty and Independence Bowls Memphis
Memphis
, Shreveport ACC or SEC (Backup Agreement)

* ^ This group formerly included the Poinsettia Bowl , held in San Diego , but that game was discontinued after the 2016 season.

HEAD FOOTBALL COACH COMPENSATION

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.

Conf. Rank UNIVERSITY HEAD COACH SALARY

1 Southern Methodist ! Southern Methodist University Morris, Chad Chad Morris $2,600,000

2 Temple ! Temple University Collins, GeoffGeoff Collins † TBA

3 Cincinnati
Cincinnati
! University of Cincinnati Fickell, Luke Luke Fickell † TBA

4 Naval Academy ! United States
United States
Naval Academy Niumatalolo, Ken Ken Niumatalolo $2,250,000

5 South Florida ! University of South Florida
University of South Florida
Strong, Charlie Charlie Strong † $5,000,000+

6 Memphis
Memphis
! University of Memphis Norvell, Mike Mike Norvell $1,800,000+

7 UCF ! University of Central Florida Frost, Scott Scott Frost $900,000+

8 Connecticut
Connecticut
! University of Connecticut Edsall, Randy Randy Edsall † $1,000,000+

9 Houston
Houston
! University of Houston
University of Houston
Applewhite, Major Major Applewhite † $1,500,000+

10 Tulane
Tulane
! Tulane University Fritz, Willie Willie Fritz $1,500,000+

11 East Carolina ! East Carolina University
East Carolina University
Montgomery, Scottie Scottie Montgomery $1,250,000+

12 Tulsa ! University of Tulsa Montgomery, Philip Philip Montgomery $800,000

* † New hire * + Plus incentives

CONFERENCE INDIVIDUAL HONORS

Main article: American Athletic Conference
American Athletic Conference
football individual awards

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

MEN\'S BASKETBALL

See also: American Athletic Conference
American Athletic Conference
Men\'s Basketball
Basketball
Tournament

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

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

ALL-TIME SCHOOL RECORDS BY WINNING PERCENTAGE

This list goes through the 2016–17 season.

NO. TEAM RECORDS WIN PCT. The American Tournament Championships The American Regular Season Championships FINAL FOURS National Championships

1 Temple 1,840–933 .664 0 1 2 0

2 Connecticut
Connecticut
1,609–903 .641 1 0 5 4

3 Memphis
Memphis
1,459–852 .631 0 0 3 0

4 Cincinnati
Cincinnati
1,669–974 .631 0 1 6 2

5 Houston
Houston
1,165–805 .591 0 0 5 0

6 Tulsa 1,362–1,092 .555 0 0 0 0

7 Wichita State 1,456–1,186 .551 0 0 2 0

8 UCF 665–549 .548 0 0 0 0

9 SMU 1,314–1,192 .524 2 2 1 0

10 Tulane
Tulane
1,166–1,191 .495 0 0 0 0

11 East Carolina 1,018–1,055 .491 0 0 0 0

12 South Florida 584–664 .468 0 0 0 0

RIVALRIES

* Cincinnati- Connecticut
Connecticut
men\'s basketball rivalry * Cincinnati- Memphis
Memphis
men\'s basketball rivalry * Tulsa-Wichita State men\'s basketball rivalry

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS

For more details on men's basketball champions of the Big East Conference from 1980 to 2013, see Big East Men\'s Basketball Tournament .

REGULAR SEASON TOURNAMENT

YEAR CHAMPIONS RECORD AP COACHES\' POSTSEASON CHAMPIONS RECORD AP COACHES\' POSTSEASON

2013–14 Louisville 31–6 (15–3) #5 #9 NCAA
NCAA
Sweet Sixteen Louisville 31–6 #5 #9 NCAA
NCAA
Sweet Sixteen

Cincinnati
Cincinnati
27–7 (15–3) #15 #22 NCAA
NCAA
Second Round

2014–15 SMU 27–7 (15–3) #18 RV NCAA
NCAA
First Round SMU 27–7 #18 RV NCAA
NCAA
First Round

2015–16 Temple 21–12 (14–4) NR NR NCAA
NCAA
First Round Connecticut
Connecticut
25–10 (11–7) RV RV NCAA
NCAA
Second Round

2016–17 SMU 30–4 (17–1) #12 # 15 NCAA
NCAA
First Round SMU 30–4 #12 #15 NCAA
NCAA
First Round

* Connecticut, after being eliminated form the Conference Championship Tournament, went on to become the National Champions after beating the University of Kentucky 60–54 in the 2014 Men's NCAA
NCAA
Basketball
Basketball
Championship.

WOMEN\'S BASKETBALL

See also: American Athletic Conference
American Athletic Conference
Women\'s Basketball
Basketball
Tournament

In June 2013, it was announced that the inaugural women's basketball tournament would take place at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut
Connecticut
. Women's basketball teams have played a total of 20 times in the NCAA Women\'s Division I Basketball
Basketball
Championship (since 1982), with UConn winning 11 national championships under head coach Geno Auriemma since 1995. Women's national championship tournaments prior to 1982 were run by the AIAW .

ALL-TIME SCHOOL RECORDS BY WINNING PERCENTAGE

This list goes through the 2016–17 season.

NO. TEAM RECORDS WIN PCT. The American Tournament Championships The American Regular Season Championships FINAL FOURS National Championships

1 Connecticut
Connecticut
1,082–297 .785 4 4 18 11

2 Memphis
Memphis
781–590 .570 0 0 0 0

3 Tulane
Tulane
684–534 .562 0 0 0 0

4 Temple 806–653–3 .552 0 0 0 0

5 SMU 630–534 .541 0 0 0 0

6 East Carolina 705–600 .540 0 0 0 0

7 Houston
Houston
650–603 .519 0 0 0 0

8 Cincinnati
Cincinnati
636–628 .503 0 0 0 0

9 South Florida 604–649 .482 0 0 0 0

10 UCF 546–611 .472 0 0 0 0

11 Wichita State 571–647 .469 0 0 0 0

12 Tulsa 326–544 .375 0 0 0 0

* ^ Record since the 1972–73 season, considered by Memphis
Memphis
to be the start of its "modern era" of women's basketball. * ^ Record since the 1976–77 season, considered by Wichita State to be the start of its "modern era" of Division I women's basketball.

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS

For more details on women's basketball champions of the Big East Conference from 1983 to 2013, see Big East Women\'s Basketball Tournament .

REGULAR SEASON TOURNAMENT

YEAR CHAMPIONS RECORD AP COACHES\' POSTSEASON CHAMPIONS RECORD AP COACHES\' POSTSEASON

2013–14 Connecticut
Connecticut
40–0 (18–0) #1 #1 NCAA
NCAA
Champion Connecticut 40–0 (18–0) #1 #1 NCAA
NCAA
Champion

2014–15 Connecticut
Connecticut
38–1 (18–0) #1 #1 NCAA
NCAA
Champion Connecticut 38–1 (18–0) #1 #1 NCAA
NCAA
Champion

2015–16 Connecticut
Connecticut
38–0 (18–0) #1 #1 NCAA
NCAA
Champion Connecticut 38–0 (18–0) #1 #1 NCAA
NCAA
Champion

2016–17 Connecticut
Connecticut
36–1 (18–0) #1 #1 Final Four Connecticut 36–1 (18–0) #1 #1 Final Four

FACILITIES

INSTITUTION FOOTBALL STADIUM CAPACITY BASKETBALL ARENA CAPACITY BASEBALL STADIUM CAPACITY

CINCINNATI Nippert Stadium 40,000 Fifth Third Arena 13,176 Marge Schott Stadium 3,085

CONNECTICUT Pratt ">

* ^ Cincinnati
Cincinnati
men's basketball will play the 2017–18 season at BB&T Arena (capacity 9,400) on the campus of Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Kentucky during renovations to Fifth Third Arena. Women's basketball will play that season in the city of Cincinnati
Cincinnati
at the gym of St. Ursula Academy . * ^ Wichita State discontinued its football program following the 1986 season. The Shockers' football facility, Cessna Stadium (capacity 30,000) still stands. It is the home of the Shockers' track and field program and hosts football games for Wichita's Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School .

ACADEMICS

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
United States
and Canada
Canada
. Seven members are doctorate-granting universities with "very high research activity," the highest classification given by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching . Member schools are also highly ranked nationally and globally by various groups, including U.S. News " CLASS="SORTKEY">CENTRAL FLORIDA !UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA Orlando, Florida Public (SUSF ) Research (VH) $135,500,000 176 211 114

CINCINNATI !UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI Cincinnati, Ohio Public (USO ) Research (VH) $1,183,922,000 135 191 57

CONNECTICUT !UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT Storrs, Connecticut Public Research (VH) $436,900,000 60 81 94

EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY Greenville, North Carolina Public (UNC ) Doctoral $164,065,000 210 171 69

HOUSTON !UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON Houston, Texas Public (UH System ) Research (VH) $789,700,000 194 68 104

MEMPHIS !UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS Memphis, Tennessee Public (TBR ) Research (H) $200,750,000 RNP 37 188

SOUTH FLORIDA !UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA Tampa, Florida Public (SUSF ) Research (VH) $447,000,000 159 78 72

SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY University Park, Texas Private (Methodist ) Research (H) $1,466,258,000 56 260 164

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Public (CSHE ) Research (VH) $386,758,000 118 195 108

TULANE UNIVERSITY New Orleans, Louisiana Private (non-sectarian ) Research (VH) $1,183,924,000 39 100 112

TULSA !UNIVERSITY OF TULSA Tulsa, Oklahoma
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Private (Presbyterian ) Doctoral $1,015,474,000 86 164 297

WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY Wichita, Kansas Public (KBOR ) Doctoral $235,500,000 RNP (Tier 2) 233 258

MEDIA

As of 2014, The American has carriage agreements with the following broadcast and cable networks.

TELEVISION

* ABC broadcasts select football games. * CBS broadcasts up to 12 appearances for men's and women's basketball games. CBS, under a separate contract with Navy that predated its association with The American for football, also carries select Navy neutral site football games, including all games against the U.S. Military Academy and select games against Notre Dame and Air Force . * CBS SPORTS NETWORK broadcasts football, men's and women's basketball, and baseball. * ESPN
ESPN
broadcasts football, men's and women's basketball, across its networks (ESPN, ESPN2 , ESPN3 , ESPNews , and ESPNU
ESPNU
). ESPN
ESPN
broadcasts the men's and women's basketball tournament, and the football championship game. * FOX SPORTS OHIO broadcasts select men's basketball and football games for the University of Cincinnati. * SPORTSNET NEW YORK broadcasts select men's basketball, women's basketball, and football games for the University of Connecticut. * COX KANSAS broadcasts select basketball games for Wichita State University. * SPECTRUM SPORTS broadcasts select basketball games for SMU.

INTERNET

* AMERICAN DIGITAL NETWORK broadcasts women's basketball games, most conference events otherwise not televised, baseball championship game, championship games for select olympic sports. The American Digital Network streams online on the American Athletic Conference
American Athletic Conference
website.

SEE ALSO

Wikimedia Commons has media related to AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE .

* List of NCAA conferences * Big East Conference (2013–present) * Big East Conference (1979–2013)

NOTES

* ^ 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
American Athletic Conference
on July 1, 2013. * ^ 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. * ^ 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 . * ^ Connecticut's football program did not join the conference until 2004. * ^ 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. * ^ Non-football member. * ^ Rutgers joined the conference in 1991 as a football-only member, and joined in all-sports in 1995. * ^ Under NCAA
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
NCAA Division I
Manual" (PDF). NCAA
NCAA
. Retrieved 2013-03-07.

* ^ Navy continues to field most of its other sports in the NCAA Division I Patriot League . * ^ A B Rifle is technically a men's sport, but men's, women's, and coed teams all compete against each other. * ^ The only category of rowing that the NCAA
NCAA
governs is women's heavyweight rowing. All men's rowing is governed by the Intercollegiate Rowing Association . * ^ At the time Navy joined in football, the NCAA
NCAA
required 12 teams for a conference to conduct divisional play and stage a championship game that was exempt from the NCAA-imposed limit of 12 regular-season games. Starting with the 2016 season, a conference can conduct an "exempt" championship game with fewer than 12 members, as long as it either plays in two divisions or conducts a full round-robin schedule. * ^ 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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EXTERNAL LINKS

* Official website

* v * t * e

American Athletic Conference
American Athletic Conference

FULL MEMBERS

* Cincinnati Bearcats * Connecticut Huskies
Connecticut Huskies
* East Carolina Pirates * Houston Cougars
Houston Cougars
* Memphis Tigers * SMU Mustangs * South Florida Bulls * Temple Owls
Temple Owls
* Tulane Green Wave * Tulsa Golden Hurricane * UCF Knights * Wichita State Shockers (non-football member)

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS

* Football : Navy Midshipmen
Navy Midshipmen
Women\'s rowing : Sacramento State Hornets * San Diego
San Diego
State Aztecs

.