ECU football to play in AAC East in 2015
Posted May 30, 2014
Updated July 21
Greenville, N.C. — 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.
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.