Saturday, May 23, 2015

New American Frontier - Houston Recruiting Blows Up

Houston head coach Tom Herman has geared up the #HtownTakeOver campaign.  Herman and his staff are selling The H similar to the Miami Hurricane's The U.  They want to build a fence around Houston and keep the top local talent at the University of Houston.  Catchy slogans like Htown Take Over and Your City Is Calling are rallying cries for the Coogs.

Add in slick videos like this:

Well as of tonight, the campaign has taken root with a few locals.

The first big get for the Cougars was Ed Oliver as he committed to Houston on Thursday

Following Oliver's commitment was another highly rated DT. Four star recruit Jordan Elliot cast his lot with the Cougars yesterday.

Add in three star QB Bowman Sells and the Coogs are building their Fence Around Houston.

Now the question remains....will the recruits remain with Houston? If they do, will they bring more highly ranked recruits with them?

Hopefully, not only do they stay, but other American teams can recruit at a high level and raise the status of the league overall.  What the future holds towards expansion is unknown.  The best bet for our AAC is to build up the league. 

My hope is if we can't join the P5, make enough noise to get three or four top 25 ranked teams and cut into the P5 money.  Maybe Kingmakers ESPN will at least add some money to conference coffers to put some space between the other so called G5 conferences. 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

New American Frontier - Weekend Links

Changes continue to happen across the landscape of college athletics.  Of course, football money is the driver of it all.  Thus the separation from the "Power 5" and "Group of 5" conference in the top division of NCAA football.

Earlier this month, the NCAA approved paying full cost of attendance for college athletes.  In a nutshell, the P5 conferences will pay the full cost of attendance to student-athletes while the stipend is optional for G5 conferences.

The AAC has previously states they will mimic all autonomous legislation the P5 enact.  While the Conference hasn't mandated the move, so far UConn and Houston have stated they will pay full cost of attendance:
American Links:
Nippert Stadium Renovations Links
From SB Nation USF's Voodoo Five
SMU Official Hype Video

Spring Games
SMU - April 18




Friday, June 6, 2014

American Links - Following the AAC

Been a while since I posted anything.  I try to stay on top of things going on in the American Athletic Conference. 

Big weekend ahead for the AAC as Houston and Louisville play in NCAA baseball super regionals.  Houston travels to Austin to play the Texas Longhorns and Louisville hosts Kennesaw St. for berths in the College World Series.

Even though Navy doesn't join for football until 2015, it's never to soon to get acquainted with a future foe.  Eleven Warriors brings an interview with Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo.

For what it's worth Fan IQ is putting out game by game predictions.  They predict a 4-8 season for Temple.

 South Florida has a new baseball coach.

UConn lost it's leading rusher for the year due to team rule violations. lists the Top 5 AAC Linebackers and Top 5 AAC Coaches.

From the BCSNN, a list of Fifteen UC Bearcats Land on National Preseason Lists.

Tulsa starting CB Darnell Walker is dismissed from team for undisclosed reasons.


Friday, May 2, 2014

New American Frontier - Way To Early Opening Week Spreads

Yes, I know it's a little to early for football spreads but it's a slow week and I want content for the blog.  I didn't say anything about quality right now...there will be time enough for that as we get closer to football season.

Courtesy of Jim and Sherri's Home Page (a less than inspiring website name), comes the document containing odds for the opening weekend of college football.  I couldn't find it on the website when I looked for an actual link.  I took it from C-USA message board over at NCAABBS.  I told you I scour message boards for AAC news....I'm AAC news starved.

For opening week, listed below are the AAC spreads:
  • Vanderbilt (-17) vs. Temple
  • Brigham Young (-11.5) @ Connecticut
  • Ohio State (-9.5) vs. Navy (I included Navy as a future member)
  • Central Florida (-4) vs. Penn State
  • Houston (-12.5) vs. Texas-San Antonio
  • Tulsa (-10) vs. Tulane
  • Baylor (-23.5) vs. Southern Methodist
Only one conference game on the opening weekend with Tulsa and Tulane playing their first game as AAC teams.  Tulane beat Tulsa 14-7 in New Orleans last season.  Interesting to see Tulsa is a ten point favorite this year considering Tulsa was really bad last year and Tulane is on the upswing.

There is real opportunity for AAC teams to make some noise opening weekend.  Unfortunately I don't see any upsets happening week one.  You can't say AAC teams don't back down from a challenge with Vandy, BYU, Ohio St, Penn St. and Baylor on the first week. 

If I were a betting man, on this slate, I'd take Vandy, BYU, Ohio St., UCF, UH, Tulane and Baylor.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

New American Frontier - Tulane to Big 12, SB Nation AAC Count Up, Orlando Sentinel Count Up, Houston vs Central Florda baseball, AAC Blogs

Tulane to Big 12
I came across an interesting blog entry on the College Expansion blog I follow.  Under the entry titled Neaux Tigers, blogger kclifton makes out a very hypothetical situation where LSU leaves the SEC for the Big 12.  kclifton even states it is a highly unlikely scenario.

LSU feels slighted that the SEC will establish permanent cross division games.  LSU is stuck with Florida.  LSU's AD Joe Alleva feels that set up is unfair and biased.

Alleva has a valid point.  To be fair, the SEC, like other conferences, should rotate cross division games.  It makes no sense to tie two teams together.  It already happens with in division.  Mix up the competition with the other division. 

How does this relate the AAC?  In the article, kclifton writes that the Big 12 should go ahead and sweep up Tulane also just to lock up the state of Louisiana.  In case he hasn't notice, LSU has the state of Louisiana locked already.  They don't fear Tulane. Nor should they.

SB Nation Count Up
SB Nation continues its count up of college football by conference.  Right now they are on the AAC.  So far previewed are
Orlando Sentinel Count Up
The Orlando Sentinel does a count up ranking all FBS teams from 128-1.  Currently the count is on #120 Purdue.  So far only one AAC team has cracked the list:
Another big series in AAC baseball as Houston hosts UCF for a three game series.  The Coogs were a top ten team flirting with a national seed but a sweep at the hands of Louisville and a few losses along the way have brought down the Cougars.  Houston is still looking at hosting regional and a win in this series will go a long way in bolstering their chances.
UCF comes in leading the AAC standings and as the hottest team, in my opinion, in the Conference. 
AAC Blogs
One of the reasons I started the New American Frontier blog is that I'm AAC news starved. gave pretty good coverage of Big East football in its College Football Nation Big East blog.  With the death of Big East football, ESPN let coverage of the remaining teams die.  Gone were correspondents dedicated to AAC football or the lunch time links. 
Aside from ESPN, SB Nation had a pretty active Big East page called Big East Coast Bias.  Obviously it is no longer covering the remnants of Big East football or the additions.
So I've been scouring the web for dedicated AAC coverage. Right now about my only good source for gathering AAC news is on various message boards.  I finally book marked several message boards dedicated to either the conference or schools.  My hope is to go through them and when I find links and news, to post here.
Eventually I'd love to have more people from other schools involved to write articles, previews and opinion pieces.  My dream is to get coverage on SB Nation and have a place where all AAC fans can congregate for news and opinions.
While not on the level of ESPN or SB Nation for resources, the one consistent blog for AAC coverage I enjoy is from The Best College Sports Network aka BCSNN.  BCSNN's AAC Blog is actually updated unlike other websites that contain a dedicated AAC blog.  It is run by C. Austin Cox and he appears to enjoy covering the AAC.  He's also quiet witty and funny.  The blog is worth a follow.
Another good follow is Sean OLeary over at Quora.  While not a dedicated AAC blog, OLeary is a UConn fan, I believe he is, and a general supporter of the AAC.  He also writes good insightful articles on other sports too.  He writes good opinions supported by facts. I enjoy his works.
Signing off for the night...

My Sports Allegiances

My favorite teams are in no particular order: Houston Texans, San Antonio Spurs(NBA champs 99, 03, 05, 07) and the Houston Cougars, Pittsburgh Penguins (Stanley Cups 91, 92, 08)
My secondary teams are: Houston Dynamo(MLS Champs 06, 07), Houston Astros (NL Champs 05), Houston Rockets (NBA Champs 94, 95)
Teams I Hate: Anything out of Dallas
Teams I Enjoy Seeing Lose: Texas Longhorns, Texas A&M Aggies, Baylor Bears football
Teams that are Insignificant: rice owls