The Big East Conference will no longer be called that but rather it has undergone a name change and now will be known as the American Athletic Conference, according to what YouWager has learned.
The conference announced the decision just yesterday after university presidents approved the new moniker earlier in the day.
In the Big East’s current final season, the league is going out with a bang. The Louisville Cardinals upset the Florida Gators in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, and five teams reached the men’s and women’s Final Fours, the most from one conference in NCAA history.
The former Big East needed a new conference name because the Catholic 7 schools — DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John’s and Villanova — kept the Big East name when they let online sports betting experts and fans everywhere know they were splitting and forming their new league.
The new 10-team Big East begins July 1 with the Catholic 7 schools, plus Butler, Creighton and Xavier.
According to past events, the American Athletic Conference will be the third Division I conference with a variation of America or American in its name. Others include: America East and Mid-American. There’s also Conference USA which is the league where nine of the 12 teams in the American Athletic Conference originated from.