Six schools officially apply to join the American Athletic Conference – .

Six schools officially apply to join the American Athletic Conference – .

The American Athletic Conference has received applications from six schools wishing to participate in the conference, and the AAC is expected to send each of them an official letter by the end of the week detailing the terms of expansion, a source knowing the process. Tuesday.
Florida Atlantic, Charlotte, North Texas, UTSA, Rice and UAB have each formally applied to join the AAC, a move that was first reported by Yahoo Sports on Monday. It’s the first step in the realignment process, which is expected to unfold quickly this week after university presidents and their legal advisers have had time to review the terms.

The AAC’s desire to grow comes after Cincinnati, UCF and Houston decided this fall to eventually join the Big 12. UConn also left after the 2019 season. The addition of six more schools would expand the AAC to one. conference of 14 football and basketball teams while crippling the USA Conference, where all schools now feel at home.

According to the source, the earliest they could join the conference would be the 2023-24 season, but that depends on what the AAC establishes with which schools are leaving. AAC regulations require schools to give 27 months’ notice before leaving and pay a redemption fee of $ 10 million.

AAC commissioner Mike Aresco told ESPN in mid-September that the league would be willing to negotiate an early exit fee to accommodate departures from UCF, Cincinnati and Houston. If those three schools followed the regulations, Aresco said, their release date would be July 1, 2024.


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