“If the American Athletic Conference decides to leave its current home _ a topic that conference officials have been considering _ then the league’s new headquarters will likely be in the Dallas area.
The American’s potential move was a persistent rumor among attendees of the Division IA Athletic Directors’ meetings on Monday and Tuesday at the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center.
Chuck Sullivan, assistant commissioner (communications) for the American, confirmed that league officials are exploring a possible relocation but said a decision was not imminent. He said if the American decides to leave Providence, R.I., “Dallas would probably be at the top of the list.”
Conversations in AD circles had the American, which includes SMU and Houston, setting up shop in the same building as the College Football Playoff headquarters on East John Carpenter Freeway in Irving. The area near DFW International Airport is also home to the Big 12 and Conference USA, which are located across Hwy. 114 from the CFP. The NCAA and other conferences routinely hold meetings in the area.
It certainly wouldn’t hurt the American’s push to enhance its status in the football playoff to have commissioner Mike Aresco within shouting distance of the CFP.”
As all of the non-“Power 5” conferences search for relevancy, the AAC has been thinking about getting in bed with the College Football Playoff.
Well, kind of.
If you can’t beat them, join them. Or take up space in the same area as those you’re trying to impress. I’m sure there will be weekly boxes of Jimmy John’s sent over to the CFP offices courtesy of the AAC. Maybe with a winky face and some hearts.
It’s a bold strategy, let’s see if it pays off.