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AAC’s Aresco: Did Not Plot With ESPN To Poach Other Leagues

Aug 4, 2021, 12:48 PM
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The American Athletic Conference Championship logo on the field after the game between the Cincinnati Bearcats and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Nippert Stadium on December 19, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
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AP – American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco says his league has never “plotted” with ESPN to undermine another conference by poaching its schools.

Aresco addressed conference realignment during the AAC’s football media day, saying the league is not actively looking to add schools.

Last week, the Big 12 accused ESPN of encouraging at least one other conference to raid that conference as it tries find a way forward with Texas and Oklahoma on their way to the Southeastern Conference.

The AAC was reported to be the conference ESPN was incentivizing to woo Big 12 teams.

Aresco denied that.

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