Subscription article, but it’s a pretty good rundown of where the AAC sits right now.
“I’m not sure these 14-team conferences want to get any bigger,” Aresco said. “I don’t think that whole Pac-12 going to 16 makes much sense in the current climate. The Big 12 seems happy, got a team in the Playoff, is making a lot of money per team. I have a feeling things might look this way a decade from now. There’s more stability.”
The AAC has been a success far quicker than even Aresco envisioned. Before South Florida athletic director Mark Harlan left USF for the athletic director job at Utah, he told The Athletic that AAC meetings were as positive and optimistic as he’d ever seen in the league — though his departure a few days later illustrated the conference’s difficult position.
The AAC has a vision, but TV negotiations over the next year will determine if it will have an opportunity to reach it.
“I don’t know how the first five years of our conference could have gone any better, with across-the-board success, particularly in football,” White said. “Whether you look at television ratings, competitive success, New Year’s Day bowl wins, we’ve way outperformed.
“I think our current deal is way undervalued, and everybody understands that. We’re all really confident we’ll get a much more significant television deal that puts us on par with where we should be, with the Power 6 conferences.”