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AAC's Aresco hoping to add new schools within weeks, not months

AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco believes that his league "could add new members in a matter of weeks, rather than months," according to Chris Vannini of THE ATHLETIC. The AAC now is "looking for two to four additions to restock." Aresco "would not hint at or name any schools the AAC is considering." But sources said that a "western wing of Mountain West schools is believed to be among the top targets, including Boise State, San Diego State, Colorado State and Air Force." All four have athletic budgets around $50M -- in the AAC’s range. Colorado State and Air Force are "believed to be more interested in leaving" than the others. Boise State "will be a top target if the Big 12 expands," and SDSU "has its sights on a Power 5 invitation as well." There also is "doubt about the future" of the AAC’s television deal. AAC schools currently make about $6M annually, but that is "bound to go down without the three departing programs." The Mountain West distributes about $4M annually, but Boise State "receives its own carve-out for its home games that can be worth" an additional $1.8M. Sources outside the AAC and MWC are "skeptical there will be much, if any, financial gain in leaving the MWC for the AAC." As for other targets, UAB is believed to be "near the top of the list, due to its location in a football hotbed, a growing city and university and a commitment to football with new facilities, including a new stadium" (THEATHLETIC.com, 9/23).

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