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ECU football to play in AAC East in 2015

Posted May 30

East Carolina Pirates running back Breon Allen (25) celebrates after scoring an ECU touchdown during todays game. East Carolina defeats Southern Miss 55-14 on Saturday, October 19, 2013 in Greenville, NC (Photos By Anthony Barham)

— East Carolina will play in the East Division of the American Athletic Conference when football creates a new divisional format in 2015.

The Pirates will be grouped in the East with Central Florida, South Florida, Cincinnati, UConn and Temple. The West Division will be comprised of Houston, Memphis, Navy, Southern Methodist, Tulane and Tulsa.

The divisional alignment, approved unanimously by the schools and announced at the annual conference meetings Friday, will also allow for a conference championship game starting in 2015. The championship game will be played between the division winners at the home site of the highest ranked team.

"The East-West format we have adopted gives each division a distinct identity, provides long-term competitive balance and protects traditional rivalries while allowing each school to travel across the conference's geographical footprint on a regular basis,” said AAC commissioner Mike Aresco.

The AAC will be an 11-member football conference in 2014 with the additions of ECU, Tulsa and Tulane. Navy will become the 12th member in 2015, making the divisional format possible.

Each team will play a total of eight conference games, facing the other five teams in its own division as well as three from the other division, ensuring that each school will play every conference opponent at home and on the road at least once in a four-year cycle.

Added Official
The AAC will add an eighth on-field official, who will be positioned behind the quarterback, for all of its conference games in 2014 for a one-season trial. The eighth official will also be used in all of Navy's games in which game officials are assigned by the AAC.

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  • Pirates of the East Jun 2, 2:34 p.m.

    Navy in the East and Cincinnati in the West makes more sense to me, but ok.

    — Posted by Mr. Middle of the Road

    Navy wanted to the West, said it lets them play in there recruiting ground (Texas) more, must fans think its because they wanted to be in the same division as the private (and academic peers) Tulane, Tulsa, and SMU.

  • pingmanreturns May 30, 4:23 p.m.

    Guys!! He's "obamacare", who gives a rats rear what he thinks.

  • cjw6105 May 30, 3:59 p.m.

    I don't understand why Navy is going to be in the West and Cincinnati is going to be in the East.

    I guess travel doesn't matter if the taxpayer is footing the bill, right?

  • Mr. Middle of the Road May 30, 3:01 p.m.

    Navy in the East and Cincinnati in the West makes more sense to me, but ok.

  • RaleighPirate May 30, 1:55 p.m.

    "and PFFT! You was gone!" Obamacare rises once more's post anyway . . . .

  • lewiskr45 May 30, 1:54 p.m.

    Good move geographic-wise for the conference. Schools in the east will get to play in Florida regularly, schools in the west will get to play in Texas each year, helps recruiting. And with no permanent cross division rival, opponents will play all conference members regularly. Granted, the AAC is pretty much the CUSA now, but it's a smart move.

  • RaleighPirate May 30, 1:17 p.m.

    Who cares????

    — Posted by binkiemcfartnuggets

    You obviously care enough to:

    a) read the article

    &

    b) post a commment about what you "do not care about."

  • Pirates of the East May 30, 1:01 p.m.

    Houston is virtually guaranteed to win the West for the foreseeable future.

  • fredwi May 30, 12:57 p.m.

    I can't tell you how many times you, Obamacare, post this same sentiment. You care a great deal about not caring about a lot of things. Go troll somewhere else.

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