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We Belong: Aresco Touts AAC's Similarities To College Football's Power Conferences
Published July 31, 2013
THE SCARLET LETTER? In Newark, Tom Luicci writes there is a "sense of detachment between Rutgers and the AAC." The school and the conference remain "in court trying to resolve" Rutgers' exit fee. Any signs of Rutgers' previous association with the Big East "have been erased as well." The AAC has "decided not to accept the old Big East statistical records, meaning the conference will start with a clean slate from that standpoint." Rutgers AD Julie Hermann has "offered an olive branch of sorts by reversing a decision by her predecessor, Tim Pernetti, and allowing the AAC logo [to] appear on Rutgers' athletic facilities, including the football field, for this season" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 7/31).
HOME SWEET HOME: The PROVIDENCE JOURNAL's McNamara notes the AAC’s offices remain in Providence as a "long-term lease is in place on beautiful office space and there are no plans to move elsewhere." Aresco said, "The office still being here is a source of pride for our employees and the community, I think. But I think the people in Rhode Island, like people everywhere, will care about our conference because we intend to be a player on the national stage" (PROVIDENCE JOURNAL, 7/31).