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The AAC has been quick to push their agenda onto the NCAA and viewing audiences. ESPN is starting to fall for the self proclaimed trap the AAC set. They are starting to be called a "power" league in a major sport by media outlets and pundits alike. There is no evidence of this happening in football, but if one sport is starting to get this kind of attention and respect one has to assume that all sports will start to gain the same attention and respect sooner rather than later. Their TV deal in both football and basketball far outweighs the likes of CUSA, MWC, SunBelt, and MAC conferences. These are supposed to be their 'peer' conferences and yet with their initiative to push their agenda, to add Wichita State as basketball only, and to have presidents and AD's to speak out openly has started to bring their conference full circle. Of course it helps their case having a 25-1 team being ranked in the top 10 in basketball and a 12-1 team ranked in the top 10 in football. But if we peel the onion back, the AAC has 4 teams with 19 wins or more. They also have every team with a .500 record or better except for 2 (ECU and Tulane), a per capita statistic that is only seen in "power" conferences. 

Michael Aresco since taking over the AAC as conference commissioner in 2012 has done a commendable job. But his athletic directors and university presidents have gotten on board with his vision and has helped push their narrative. 

Here is a recent basketball article on ESPN with "power" verbiage being attached to their conference name...

http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/26025764/how-rank-top-seven-conferences-college-basketball

 

CUSA really, really must push Judy MacLeod out the door and clean her house behind her. UNT, with CUSA, is being left in the wind yet again. 

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AAC is a mixture of left behind BIG East and good CUSA. 

CUSA is a mix of left behind CUSA and Sunbelt.

College Basketball conferences are seen different than Football. The Big East is a power conference in basketball but doesn't even have FBS football. The AAC is a power conference in basketball but the money divide between them and P5 is drastic.

CUSA Presidents and Ads need to wake up and  put out better products plain and simple.

 

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2 minutes ago, RiseUNT said:

AAC is a mixture of left behind BIG East and good CUSA. 

CUSA is a mix of left behind CUSA and Sunbelt.

College Basketball conferences are seen different than Football. The Big East is a power conference in basketball but doesn't even have FBS football. The AAC is a power conference in basketball but the money divide between them and P5 is drastic.

CUSA Presidents and Ads need to wake up and  put out better products plain and simple.

 

And the Big East has been able to hang onto power conference status by name. Though they have backfilled with quality programs and do have 3 or 4 historically good programs left. It's not sustainable for them though. Their a product on par with the AAC, which has never been considered a basketball power conference until very recently (posted article). Football has "P5" and basketball has "P6", with the 6th conference being the BigEast. But not having all year exposure on their universities such as football in the Fall and basketball in the Spring will eventually make their basketball programs suffer. Without Villanova's run, the BigEast would've already dropped down a perceptual ring in my opinion.  

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38 minutes ago, NorthTexasWeLove said:

And the Big East has been able to hang onto power conference status by name. Though they have backfilled with quality programs and do have 3 or 4 historically good programs left. It's not sustainable for them though. Their a product on par with the AAC, which has never been considered a basketball power conference until very recently (posted article). Football has "P5" and basketball has "P6", with the 6th conference being the BigEast. But not having all year exposure on their universities such as football in the Fall and basketball in the Spring will eventually make their basketball programs suffer. Without Villanova's run, the BigEast would've already dropped down a perceptual ring in my opinion.  

Hang onto? No they are a Big time conference with a big time media deal.

Backfill? No they broke away from the old big east because of the lesser basketball programs being added then added top basketball programs.

Sustainable? Yes it is! National Championship

AAC has only been around in present form for 5 years and has always been a power basketball conference with multi team bids and a NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.

College Basketball is it's own money maker separate from football.

ACC, BIG 10, SEC, BIG 12, PAC 12, BIG EAST, AAC, A-10, and MWC are the power conferences of basketball.

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