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Army could be joining AAC in the coming weeks, but a few hurdles remain

Sep 28, 2023

This round of realignment isn’t quite over just yet.

The American Athletic Conference and Army remain embroiled in deep negotiations over a marriage that could commence in a “few weeks,” AAC commissioner Mike Aresco said from suburban Chicago on Wednesday. The mutual interest between the school’s football program and the American has evolved into a serious endeavor where financials — potentially the final step — are now being explored by league executives.

“We are definitely pursuing it,” Aresco said in an interview with Yahoo Sports. “There’s a reasonable possibility it gets done. Army is interested. We certainly are.”

Army, independent since leaving Conference USA in 2004, would join the AAC as a 14th member and only in football. A month into their courtship, the two sides continue to work through various hurdles in an effort to have the Black Knights join the league beginning next season.

As part of a potential agreement with the league, Army would continue its annual rivalry game with Navy on the traditional date on the second weekend of December. The game will not count in the conference standings, and the two schools will not play in the regular season. However, they could meet in the conference championship game as the top two finishers in the regular season, Aresco said, and then would play again in the Army-Navy Game.

Source: Yahoo Sports

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