The American Athletic Conference made a bunch of noise in the 2013-14 college basketball season. Unfortunately, it will be losing arguably its most important team in the Louisville Cardinals. With that said, the Connecticut Huskies will keep the conference relevant in the 2014-15 season.
Connecticut is coming off of a national championship. I am sure not many people expected that to happen to start the season or even entering the 2014 NCAA tournament. Since the Huskies are coming off of a national championship, they are the national champions until another national champ is crowned.
Kevin Ollie is one of the hottest coaches in college hoops — even the NBA wants him — and that alone will help make Connecticut relevant in the upcoming season, which will also make the AAC relevant. Sure, there are other good teams in the conference, but Connecticut basketball is back to being a powerhouse.
Many people, including myself, probably thought that wouldn’t happen for a very long time with the departure of Jim Calhoun. I was wrong.
However, having the defending champ in your conference is good for business and national attention. So although Louisville will be joining the ACC, there is no reason to panic for the AAC. The conference will stay relevant because teams like Connecticut will stay relevant. That is just how it works.