Navy football is making waves this morning electing to officially join the American Athletic Conference. The Midshepmen will become the 12 member of the conference.
Navy will join the AAC West along with Houston, Memphis, SMU, Tulane and Tulsa. The AAC East teams are Cincinnati, Uconn, East Carolina, Temple UCF and USF.
Now that there are 12 teams, the AAC will hold its first ever conference championship in just its third season of existence.
“”I am proud and delighted to take this opportunity to welcome the United States Naval Academy into the American Athletic Conference as a football-playing member,” said AAC commissioner Mike Aresco in a statement.
“We extend a warm welcome to Admiral Ted Carter, Superintendent of the Naval Academy, athletic director Chet Gladchuk, head football coach Ken Niumatalolo, his team and all the Midshipmen and administrative personnel of the Naval Academy as well as to United States Naval and Marine Corps servicemen and women, friends and fans throughout the world.
“As I have said on many occasions, the Midshipmen represent the best this country has to offer. We are proud and grateful for the service they render to our country, and we are privileged to have them in our Conference.”
Navy has been a football Indepenedent for all 135 years of their existence. It’s no secret the college football landscape is changing, but seeing Navy be anything other than Independent has to be a shock to everyone.
— American Football (@American_FB) July 1, 2015
The Midshepmen will open conference play on September 19th hosting East Carolina at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.
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