First Thought: American Adding Military Bowl

On one hand, you have to be glad the conference secured a small chance to compete against a “Power 5” team in the postseason (if you want to call the ACC a power conference). On the other hand, you can’t be happy about the American’s 3-6 choice of teams playing the ACC’s 7-10.

Navy's Memorial Stadium will be the site of the Military Bowl featuring the ACC and American Conferences

Navy’s Memorial Stadium will be the site of the Military Bowl featuring the ACC and American Conferences

I’ve seen the ACC standings before. It doesn’t look pretty past the top three or four teams. We could very easily be seeing an 8-4 Houston Cougars team squaring off against a 6-6 Wake Forest squad. Kind of an insult, really.

I know the bowl picture is still shaping up. I know it’s important to have chances for the American to play marquee conferences. But what I’d really like to see is the conference to have the chance to play the best teams. Heck, give me the top, or even second-best Mountain West team to play against. I guarantee it’ll make for a better football experience than watching a lower tier ACC school bring all 40 of their fans to Annapolis for a snoozer of a game.

You certainly have to appreciate the location of this bowl though. It’s right in American Athletic Conference territory and will be played in a fine stadium. And, if it helps the American rack up more wins against the ACC, I guess that can’t be so bad, either.

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Image Credit: Navy Sports

First Thought: New American Athletic Conference Website

It looks like we’re getting a sneak peak of the new American Athletic Conference website (theamerican.org) before it’s officially launched on July 1st.

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It’s very clean, easy to navigate, modern, and offers a lot of good information. One of my favorite features is the little profiles and quick facts they give about each university that go beyond simple athletics; they even include each school’s PSA. I think it’s important for this league to brand behind the power of the schools on an institutional level instead of just the playing field. Well done, Mr. Aresco.

If we’re comparing this site to the other major conferences, I’d say the American did a pretty fine job. Having this site be a success is absolutely imperative to the future of this conference and they needed to get it right.

Image Credit: The American Athletic Conference

First Thought: UCF’s New Basketball Court

Central Florida rolled out its new court today and, I have to say, I kinda love it. It’s not hard on the eyes and it’s undeniably distinct. The “blacktop” is really more of a transparent gray and the whole floor has a very bold look to it. ucfcourt It’s nice to see some standout playing surfaces in this league, especially when those games are all over television. And even if this came out terribly, you have to appreciate the homerun swing the folks at UCF took with this. It could have very well been a disaster.

Image Credit: CBS Sports