Irving, Texas – Six new members of the American Athletic Conference will join the league next summer, Commissioner Mike Aresco said Wednesday.
Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, North Texas, Rice, UAB and UTSA will officially join the AAC on July 1, 2023. At all schools now in Council USA, their applications for U.S. membership were approved last October.
Following the transition next summer, American football will compete as a 14-team league and in men’s and women’s basketball. This will come at a time when current members are leaving Cincinnati, Houston and UCF to be members of the Big 12 Conference, to which BEU is also joining.
It was announced last Friday that Cincinnati, Houston and the United States have joined forces with the UCF. A settlement was needed because the league required members to give more than two years’ notice before leaving. Cincinnati, Houston and UCF accepted invitations to join the Big 12 in September last year.
At the start of the 2023-24 academic year, six new schools will place US membership at 15. They will include East Carolina, Memphis, Navy (football only), South Florida, SMU, Temple, Tulane, Tulsa and Wichita states (basketball and Olympic sports only).
“We have already seen the investment and commitment of these organizations to compete in the U.S., and see this conference as part of a bright future ahead of many years of championship-level competition, with our efficient existing organizations. Assured. Given. Which will build on the extraordinary legacy of the last decade, ”Aresco said of the visiting members.