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.
“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.”