UTSA joins the American Athletic Conference | UTSA today | UTSA
“UTSA is on an incredible upward trajectory with a very bright future. Today is a milestone on this journey for our athletics program, ”said UTSA President. Taylor Eighty. “Joining The American is a bold opportunity for UTSA and builds on the powerful dynamics of the university. We are incredibly excited for the future.
“We are delighted to join the American Athletic Conference and thank Commissioner Aresco and the conference board for their vision and partnership,” said UTSA’s vice president for intercollegiate athletics. Lisa Campos. “This decision will further elevate UTSA as a national brand and advance our goal of Transforming Lives as the nationally recognized Division I program of the NCAA San Antonio. Now is the perfect time to be a Roadrunner.
With the addition of new members, The American will be present in four of Nielsen’s top 10 media markets, in seven of the top 25 and in 12 of the top 51 media markets. The league will have four teams in the state of Texas alone.
“I am extremely happy to welcome these six exceptional universities to the American Athletic Conference,” said Aresco. “This is a strategic expansion that achieves a number of goals as the conference enters its second decade. We add excellent institutions established in big cities that have invested in competition at the highest level. We have increased the geographic focus, which will particularly help the men’s and women’s basketball and Olympic sports teams at the conference. And we will continue to provide valuable inventory to our premier media rights partner, ESPN, who will feature our members on the most important sports media platforms. Additionally, we are increasing the value of live content options for CBS Sports, which offers a selection of men’s basketball games on CBS Sports. “
As a member of The American, UTSA will benefit from greater national media exposure, better brand recognition, more Texan teams and expanded recruiting opportunities, thereby strengthening the ability of the university to compete at the highest level.
UTSA participates in 17 interuniversity sports: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross-country, football, men’s and women’s golf, women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor athletics and women’s volleyball – at the level of Division I of the NCAA.
UTSA has 76 conference championships, 58 NCAA playoff appearances, 42 All-Americans, and 20 Academic All-Americans over its 40-year history of Division I athletics.
The university has been a member of Conference USA since July 2013. Prior to that, it was a member of the Western Athletic Conference in 2012-13 after more than two decades at the Southland Conference from 1991 to 2012. The Roadrunners started out as a Independent from NCAA Division I in 1981 before joining the Trans America Athletic Conference (now Atlantic Sun) in 1986.
The American Athletic Conference was reconstituted in 2013 and serves its members from its headquarters in Irving, Texas. The American sponsors 22 championships, 10 for men and 12 for women, has television partnerships with ESPN, CBS Sports (for some men’s basketball games) and CBS Sports Network (for most football games at home of the Navy), and has a marketing partnership with Learfield.