ACC ‘American Athletic Conference’ Votes Unanimously To Add Wichita State Shockers

ACC ‘American Athletic Conference’ Votes Unanimously To Add Wichita State Shockers

With six consecutive NCAA tournaments, winning at least one game in the past five tournaments and reaching the 2013 Final Four. The American Athletic Conference unanimously voted Friday morning to add the Wichita State Shockers as a league member for the 2017-18 season.

Wichita State announced today it would accept the AAC’s invitation and leave the Missouri Valley Conference, where the Shockers have been members since 1945.

Wichita State will join the AAC in all sports, except football, giving the AAC both a 12-team football and basketball league. The AAC has 11 all-sports members (Cincinnati, UConn, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, South Florida, SMU, Temple, Tulane, Tulsa and Central Florida) and Navy is a football-only member. Wichita State has not had a football team since 1986, though rumors have been spreading of the school possibly bringing their program back.

“We are pleased and proud to welcome Wichita State to The American,” conference commissioner Mike Aresco said. “This is a university with a strong athletic and academic heritage which shares our conference’s commitment to excellence, and we look forward to having them as a member. The university has an exceptionally strong tradition of success in men’s basketball and baseball. The addition of Wichita State in basketball and Olympic sports extends our conference’s national footprint, enhances our national profile and strengthens our position as a leader in intercollegiate athletics.”

Sources: GoShockers, ESPN