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Old Big East now American Athletic

Updated: April 4, 2013, 11:49 AM ET
By Brett McMurphy | ESPN

The American Athletic Conference is the new name for the former Big East Conference.

The conference announced the decision Wednesday after university presidents approved the new moniker earlier in the day.

"Versions that included the word 'American' led every list," commissioner Mike Aresco said in a statement. "American Athletic Conference represents a strong, durable and aspirational name for our re-invented Conference." In the Big East's final season in its current makeup, ...

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