Opening In NYC, 2014
The newest Division I athletic conference in the land has a new name — American Athletic Conference — and now a date and a place for its first indoor track & field championships.
The American Athletic Conference — headquartered in Providence, R.I., and formerly known as the Big East Conference — will host its indoor championships on Feb. 28 and March 1 at The Armory.
That marquee event will include the teams from Central Florida, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Houston, Louisville, Memphis, Rutgers, SMU, South Florida and Temple. The potential headliner will be UCF's Octavious Freeman, who has the world's top 100-meter time so far this spring (11.02).
"The caliber of programs in the new league will certainly make it one of the nation's best track & field conferences," said Jack Pfeifer, the Director of College Track & Field at The Armory. "To watch new rivalries unfold at The Armory will be a unique experience for the fans next winter."
Louisville will join the ACC after the 2013-14 season as Rutgers will head to the Big 10. At that point the American Athletic Conference will add East Carolina, Tulane and Tulsa for an 11-team all-sports league. Navy will join for football only in 2015.
While this conference is formerly known as the Big East, that name will continue with a newly formed conference. The core of the new Big East will feature what has been referred to as the Catholic Seven (DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Saint John's, Seton Hall and Villanova). That group will be joined by Xavier, Butler and Creighton next fall.