American Athletic Conference teams

As we proudly mark today as the official launch date of the American Athletic Conference, I am extremely pleased to welcome the University of Central Florida, the University of Houston, the University of Memphis and Southern Methodist University as members of our reinvented Conference. We are delighted to have these distinguished institutions join us. We also look forward to welcoming Tulane University, East Carolina University, and the University of Tulsa in 2014 and the United States Naval Academy in 2015.

American Athletic Conference

University of Houston

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 16: South Florida Bulls cheerleaders perform against the Temple Owls during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 16, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

University of South Florida

Univeristy of Connecticut

PISCATAWAY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 01: Fans of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights look on late in the game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at Rutgers Stadium on September 1, 2008 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Fresno State defeated Rutgers 24-7. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Rutgers University

University of Central Florida

Southern Methodist University

Temple University

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 16: The Cincinnati Bearcats mascot performs during a break in play against the Texas Longhorns the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 16, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

University of Cincinnati

University of Louisville

University of Louisville

HAUBURN HILLS, MI - MARCH 21: Players for the Memphis Tigers huddle around their mascot as they get set to play against the St. Mary's Gaels during the second round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at at The Palace of Auburn Hills on March 21, 2013 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

University of Memphis

KBDSSP's opening includes Rip Tide, the Tulane University Mascot, along with the Tulane University Marching Band and Color Guard performing to an audience of Tulane University students. From September 27-29, BDSSP tapes three shows from the Gibson Quad at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/WireImage)

Tulane University (Will join in 2014)

DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 30: The Tulsa Golden Hurricane cheerleaders during the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on December 30, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

University of Tulsa (Will join in 2014)

GREENVILLE, NC - SEPTEMBER 05: Fans of the East Carolina Pirates celebrates before the start of their game against the Appalachian State Mountaineers at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Greenville, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

East Carolina University (Will join in 2014)

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 12: U.S. President Barack Obama shows off the Navy football helment given to him after he presented the Commander-in-Chief Trophy to the United States Naval Academy football team during a ceremony at the White House April 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. The trophy is awarded to the winner of the Army, Navy and Air Force football series. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

United States Naval Academy (Will join in 2015)