The Old Big East Conference, aka the Cincinnati and UCONN Conference, will be called the American Athletic Conference or the AAC, not to be confused with the ACC.
It is a smart move to not call the conference anything with a number in it, because teams will leave the conference, eventually, and teams will be added, eventually. Also it is a smart move not to put any regional term in it, such as “East”. With the way conferences are going, this AAC could one day add a team that’s on the other side of the World.
The AAC will begin with the 2014-15 Academic year. This conference will consist of UCONN, Central Florida, Cincinnati, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, SMU, South Florida, Temple, Tulane, and Tulsa.
Also, in 2015 Navy will become a football-only member.