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Monday, March 10, 2014

AAC will have different look at 2015 tournament

Regardless of where the American Athletic Conference tournament will be held next year, the league will have a much different feel to it.

Louisville, which advanced to the championship game, will be in the ACC next season and AAC semifinalist Rutgers will be a Big Ten member. Gone too will be the scheduling format of playing each team once at home and once on the road as three teams (East Carolina, Tulane and Tulsa) are coming in to replace Louisville and Rutgers.

"I think from us as coaches there is really not that much that we can change, we are not going to do anything different and not having Rutgers and not having Louisville that changes the look of the league tremendously but Jose (Fernandez, the coach at South Florida) is happy because of a sudden that puts him and South Florida more in the spotlight, I am sure Tonya (Cardoza, Temple's coach) and Jamelle (Elliott, the head coach at Cincinnati) are OK with it because that gives them a chance to step up a little bit. It will be interesting to see how these other teams that have a chance to be NCAA tournament teams, how they react to it. I think back to when we were in the Big East and somebody would say 'you know Georgetown, St. John's and Seton Hall are going to make the NCAA tournament' you would go 'yeah, right.' But they did and they came out of nowhere to do it and I am hopeful that there are a bunch of teams in the American that are waiting for opportunities and they are going to come out of nowhere and make the NCAA tournament."

Tulane and East Carolina finished as the No. 4 and 5 seeds in Conference USA and both have already posted 20-win seasons. Tulsa struggled en route to finishing as the 10th seed in the conference.

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