Hello AAC, goodbye Big East

Going to be a little weird being in the American Athletic Conference for the next year, biding our time before the University of Louisville finally arrives in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

UofL will probably own the record for having changed conference affiliations when the move is complete. The Cardinals will have competed in eight difference conferences over the years, including the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, the Ohio Valley Conference, the Missouri Valley Conference, the Metro Conference, Conference USA, the Big East Conference, the AAC and the ACC.

Just remember that UofL’s contemporaries in the American Athletic Conference this season will include Central Florida, Cincinnati, UConn, Houston, Memphis, Rutgers, South Florida, Southern Methodist and Temple.

The “I say hello, you say goodbye” tour in 2013-14 will include some long-time rivals and some not so familiar. Cincinnati, UConn, Memphis and Rutgers will be missed for sure.

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Val Akerman
Val Akerman

The Big East announced the hiring of Val Akerman, the founding President of the Women’s National Basketball Association as its new commissioner in July.

For the past four years, she was the President of USA Basketball, overseeing overseeing men’s and women’s basketball efforts in the Olympics. She also served as a consultant to the NCAA on an analysis of the state of women’s college basketball.

The newly-constituted Big East which will begin play in multiple sports starting with the 2013-2014 academic year, has formed an unprecedented alliance with FOX Sports and its new national cable network, FOX Sports 1.

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