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Friday / June 14.
  • Old Big East to Be Called American Athletic Conference; How the Leagues Will Look

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    The former Big East Conference will call itself the American Athletic Conference.

    “We worked with our institutions, sports marketing experts, media partners, and also solicited opinions and reactions from collegiate sports fans to create a compelling list of names,” said league commissioner Mike Aresco. 

    “Versions that included the word ‘American’ led every list.  American Athletic Conference represents a strong, durable and aspirational name for our reinvented Conference.

    Once again, here’s how the new Big East and the American Athletic Conference will look going forward.

    CATHOLIC 7/NEW BIG EAST BASKETBALL 2013-14 (10 teams)

    Butler

    Creighton

    DePaul

    Georgetown

    Marquette

    Providence

    Seton Hall

    St. John’s

    Villanova

    Xavier

     

    AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE 2013-14 

    Central Florida

    Cincinnati

    UConn

    Houston

    Louisville

    Memphis

    Rutgers

    SMU

    South Florida

    Temple

     

    BIG EAST 2014-15 

    Butler

    Creighton

    **Dayton

    DePaul

    Georgetown

    Marquette

    Providence

    Seton Hall

    St. John’s

    **St. Louis

    Villanova

    Xavier

     

    AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE 2014-15 

    Central Florida

    Cincinnati

    UConn

    East Carolina

    Houston

    Memphis

    SMU

    South Florida

    Temple

    Tulane

    Tulsa

     

    **The New Big East may add Dayton and/or St. Louis in 2014-15.

     

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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