American Athletic Conference announces expansion
The college football landscape continues to rapidly evolve with teams switching conferences across the sport. In the latest iteration, the American Athletic Conference formally announced the addition of six new schools from Conference USA.
Thursday morning, the AAC announced Florida Atlantic, UAB, Charlotte, North Texas, Rice, and UTSA will be joining the league:
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These schools will arrive in replacement of UCF, Houston, and Cincinnati, which are departing for the Big 12. The AAC believes these additions will continue the quality that they deem makes them a “Power 6” conference.
“On behalf of the American Athletic Conference presidents, I look forward to years of healthy competition with our six new members,” President of Tulane University and Chair of The American’s Board of Directors Michael Fitts said. “I am confident that we have not only added fine institutions that share our collective ambition for national success, but we have done so in a deliberate and sensible way that will contribute to the long-term future of the conference.”
UCF, Houston, Cincinnati and BYU are replacing Oklahoma and Texas, which are departing for the SEC.