After the “catholic seven” decided to run off with the conference name Big East, the schools left in the conference were put to the challenge of coming up with a new name. What they came up with was American Athletic Conference. Yeah, that’s pretty underwhelming if you ask me. They should have just gone with C-USA 2, since nine of its soon-to-be members hail from there.
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane announced earlier in the week that they were officially set to join the now AAC starting in 2014. They will be joining Tulane, East Carolina, Central Florida, SMU, Houston and Memphis, who all left Conference USA. Navy is joining as a football only member in 2015.
The Golden Hurricane is coming off a decent year in athletics – doing well in both football and in women’s basketball. Right now, the Hurricane participates in 18 college sports.
Much like some other conferences over the last couple of years, the Big East was unstable. As more and more teams started to jump ship and then the catholic seven deciding to make their own conference, I thought that this may be the end.
As it stands right now, the AAC will be up to 12 members by the time 2015 rolls around. This is more than a conference who calls itself the Big 12, who is currently staying idle at 10.
Along with a new conference, Tulsa now has a new athletic director in Derrick Gragg. If you remember, their former AD, Ross Parmley was fired late last year as allegations came to surface of a gambling problem.
The Golden Hurricane is setting themselves up to be just as successful in their new conference as they have been over the last few seasons in the C-USA.