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SBD/May 23, 2013/Colleges
AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco Touts Optimism As Conference Meetings Wrap
Published May 23, 2013
LADIES NIGHT: In Hartford, Paul Doyle writes the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., "hits every criteria" for the AAC women's basketball tournament, as it is "small enough (9,518) to guarantee a good crowd, it's a relatively new building (12 years old), it offers a one-stop entertainment destination, it's in a state with a strong women's basketball fan base, and league sources say the financial package is more favorable than what the Big East had in Hartford." Aresco said, "Obviously, we want these tournaments to be financially successful. But also, a first impression is extremely important. Obviously, this is a new venue for us. We want to make a good impression. We want to make sure we have good crowds, enthusiastic crowds. We want to make sure the venue is a good host, it's a good destination for our people" (HARTFORD COURANT, 5/23).
HOW TO STAND OUT: Univ. of Cincinnati football coach Tommy Tuberville said of the AAC meetings, "We have to put a good product on the field and we have to be entertaining. If we do that, I think everything will take care of itself. This is going to be a long process. When I went to Texas Tech, the Big 12 just blew up. You had Colorado and Nebraska leaving, then you had [Texas] A&M and Missouri leaving and the dynamics were, ‘What’s going to happen?’ You didn’t know if you were going to go independent or to the Pac-12 or a newly-formed Big 12. That’s sort of what’s happening now here so I am used to it." Tuberville added, "The great thing about our conference is we’re like a Metro conference. There isn’t one school that doesn’t have 300,000 to 400,000 or more at their school. ... Our fans in all of our cities have to help out. We’ve got to win games. They’ve got to buy tickets" (ORLANDOSENTINEL.com, 5/22).