The old Big East will be going by the name the American Athletic Conference from now on. I won’t lie, while it is a really boring name, it is rooted in some facts. The league is definitely compromised of teams from America, it does feature a form of athletics and it is, in fact, a conference.
As far as how good the league is going to be, well, I don’t think Mike Aresco will actually watch all of the games.
That does not mean that there are not quality programs in the league. There are some, a few really, who are worth turning in to watch. One such program is the Connecticut Huskies — a program who was sanctioned from postseason play last season, yet found a way to win 20 games under first year coach Kevin Ollie.
Now that Ollie has a full year under his belt and one more away from the legend that is Jim Calhoun, the cloud that may have perceived to be over his head is now gone. Nobody is questioning if he was a good guy to replace Calhoun anymore. It is all sunshine and mustaches for the head coach.
Then there is the case of the Huskies returning nearly every pivotal player form last year’s 20-win team. In fact, the team is returning four of its top scorers, as well as nearly every productive guy on the roster.
Oh, and they are be going to be playing in the AAC — not the world’s greatest conference in the history of the world. So there is also the fact that they are going to be playing teams they would usually use in their non-conference schedule to earn some easy victories.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone