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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
American spring meetings primer

By Matt Fortuna

Coaches and administrators from the American Athletic Conference gather Wednesday through Friday for the league's annual spring meetings in Key Biscayne, Florida. ESPN.com caught up with commissioner Mike Aresco late last week to preview what's on the agenda for the league, which is now preparing for its second season.

With other conferences' spring meetings in recent weeks helping decision-makers lay the foundation for looming NCAA change, Aresco insists that the American, too, will be focusing more on the big-picture items, despite the integration of new members East Carolina, Tulane and Tulsa.

With the power five conferences pushing for autonomy, here are Aresco's takes on some of the governance changes that have been talked about across the nation and how the American will fit in with such discussions and proposals.