American Athletic Conference tabs Memphis to host inaugural men's basketball tournamentTourney to be held March 12-15, 2014 at FedEx Forum
As first reported on CBSSports.com last week, the American Athletic Conference announced Tuesday that the FedEx Forum in Memphis will be the site of the new league's first men's basketball tournament, with that event to take place March 12-15, 2014.
"We are very excited to have the first American Athletic Conference championship at FedEx Forum," league commissioner Mike Aresco said in a statement. "We received significant interest from many outstanding venues. FedEx Forum is an outstanding facility and the Forum, the city of Memphis, the University of Memphis and the local community will combine to create a wonderful inaugural event that our teams, coaches, administrators and fans will embrace and enjoy."
The league had already announced Monday that the first AAC women's tournament will be held at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
The American Athletic Conference, which begins play in the 2013-14 academic year, was born out of the secession of the "Catholic 7" schools from what is now the Big East, with those schools getting to keep both the Big East name and tournament venue, Madison Square Garden. When AAC begins play this fall, it will have 10 charter members: five Big East holdovers (Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, Rutgers and South Florida) and five newcomers - Central Florida, Houston, Memphis, and Southern Methodist, who are jumping from Conference USA, and Temple, who joined the current Big East in football in 2012 and will move its Olympic sports out of the Atlantic 10 and become a full member for 2013-14.
Louisville and Rutgers will only be members for one year, with the former headed to the ACC and the latter Big Ten-bound for the 2014-15 academic year; however, the league will add East Carolina, Tulane, and Tulsa as full members at that point, and Navy will join as a football member only effective for the 2015 football season.