Military has emerged because the American Athletic Convention’s high growth goal, sources mentioned.
After a name with AAC presidents and ADs on Friday morning, it was clear that Military was the league’s best choice to exchange SMU, based on sources. Commissioner Mike Aresco has begun informally exploring Military as an growth candidate.
Aresco has engaged with Military AD Mike Buddie about potential membership, sources mentioned. The addition of Military would solely be for soccer, an analogous association that Navy has with the AAC.
No choice is imminent, as each side must discover extra particulars, per sources. Military would take the spot left by SMU, which joined the ACC on Friday and left the AAC with 13 groups. Military would are available in because the 14th. Different colleges have been mentioned on Friday, however none gained vital traction and solely Military has acquired outreach from the AAC.
One factor that might be essential to Military is holding the Navy sport on the identical date on the finish of the school soccer calendar, which might possible imply it is a non-conference sport. The Military Navy sport takes place on the weekend following the convention championship sport, a window that ensures giant viewership.
Military is an impartial, which might restrict the conventional issues of leaving if each side proceed with the courtship within the upcoming weeks.
SMU left the AAC on Friday, becoming a member of Cal and Stanford in boosting the ACC to 18 groups, 17 of which play soccer. Beginning subsequent yr, the Huge Ten could have 18 packages, whereas the SEC and Huge 12 could have 16.