The American Athletic Conference officially welcomed UAB and five other schools into the conference Thursday.
The AAC will soon have 14 football-playing schools after adding UAB, Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, North Texas, Rice and Texas-San Antonio into the conference. Thursday’s announcement was the culmination of a lot of work to position UAB as a viable candidate should the realignment carousel crank up again.
We now know UAB’s future conference affiliation destination. But there are still plenty of important questions that need to be answered. Here’s what you need to know following UAB’s big move on Thursday.
The short answer: More money and exposure. We’ll get to the money part in a second, but the AAC has better television rights deals than Conference USA, and should get UAB more national exposure. The football and basketball quality is better in the AAC even after Cincinnati and Houston leave. CUSA turning into a one-bid basketball league has been a source of frustration for UAB fans, and that will no longer be the case in the AAC. Competing against programs like Memphis, South Florida and SMU will give UAB more marquee football games.
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