C. Austin Cox

C. Austin Cox

Beautiful and sunny day with birds chirping. Think I'll just close all the windows and curtains to take care of that. :)

When the news broke that The American was adding Wichita State in all sports (except football, of course), fans of the league were ecstatic as it meant the conference was getting a basketball program that would boost the strength of schedule for every member and it would help deliver more excitement to home games for schools like UConn, USF, Temple and Cincinnati, which were used to big time conference opponents from their time in the Big East.

There is always a lot happening in the American Athletic Conference and Thursday is no different as we have news about players heading to the NFL Draft, shocking upsets on the hardwood and more.

Attention in The American is turning to basketball now that football is over (reminder: UCF won the national championship) and conference play starts to shift into high gear. Last night saw the Memphis Tigers come alive and come together as a cohesive unit to top the Tulane Green Wave thanks to a strong performance from Jeremiah Martin.

Nebraska fans have been desperately hoping that UCF's quarterback would transfer out of Orlando and come play in Lincoln so the Huskers could see some of the brilliant offense that Knights fans saw all season.

Another day and another example of blatant disrespect for the American Athletic Conference. It's not all bad, however, as three teams finished in the Top 25 of the final AP Poll with the UCF Knights coming in at No. 6, the USF Bulls taking the No. 21 spot and the Memphis Tigers rounding things off at No. 25.