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AAC comissioner: 'We have no plans to expand"

On a day when the American Athletic Conference released its new logo, commissioner Mike Aresco said there are no plans for future expansion.

AAC comissioner: 'We have no plans to expand"

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2012, file photo, Big East commissioner Mike Aresco answers questions from the media before an NCAA college football game between Connecticut and Massachusetts at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. Big East football schools will get almost all of a $110 million pot in a deal that will allow seven departing basketball schools to keep the name Big East and start playing in their own conference next season, a person familiar with the negotiations says. They will receive approximately $100 million under the agreement, most of which will go to holdover members Connecticut, South Florida and Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2012, file photo, Big East commissioner Mike Aresco answers questions from the media before an NCAA college football game between Connecticut and Massachusetts at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. Big East football schools will get almost all of a $110 million pot in a deal that will allow seven departing basketball schools to keep the name Big East and start playing in their own conference next season, a person familiar with the negotiations says. They will receive approximately $100 million under the agreement, most of which will go to holdover members Connecticut, South Florida and Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

On a day when the American Athletic Conference released its new logo, commissioner Mike Aresco said there are no plans for future expansion.

“We feel like we are complete,” Aresco said during Thursday’s teleconference.

The conference formerly known as the Big East will consist of Temple, Connecticut, Cincinnati, South Florida, Southern Methodist, Memphis, Houston, Louisville and Rutgers on July 1.

Rutgers and Louisville will leave the conference and be replaced by East Carolina, Tulane and Tulsa in 2014. Navy will join for the American for football in 2015.

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“At this point, we have no plans to expand,” Aresco said. “We haven’t really been talking about it. But as a commissioner once said, ‘You are always alert.’ But at this point, we don’t have any plans.”

Instead, the conference has focused on rebranding itself. Thursday’s unveiling of the league’s new logo was a step in the reinvention process.

The logo is a large blue block A with a red star at its center.

“Now, I think we have an extremely attractive logo to help define who we are,” Aresco said. “It’s a bold symbol, an elegant design.”

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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He takes over the Sixers beat after covering the Temple men’s basketball team for the past three years and Temple football the past two seasons. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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