Report: Army, BYU on AAC’s wish list for football

Field Level Media

June 25, 2019 at 4:26 pm.

The American Athletic Conference’s search for a new football member could focus on BYU and Army as its top candidates, Brett McMurphy of Stadium reported Tuesday.

The league will be at 11 schools for football after Connecticut’s departure for the Big East, which is expected to be announced formally on Thursday. The Big East doesn’t sponsor football, and the AAC doesn’t have interest in retaining UConn as a football-only member.

UConn’s best option will be to play as an FBS independent, according to McMurphy, citing sources who contend that other Group of Five conferences — such as Conference USA and the Mid-American — also don’t want to add the Huskies for just football.

Army and BYU play as FBS independents.

Army, which never finished better than 3-8 in any season while playing in Conference USA from 1998 to 2004, would be a better geographic fit than BYU, although Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports wrote that “sources at Army said the current mood is to remain independent.”

BYU has been an independent since the 2011 season after leaving the Mountain West Conference.

According to McMurphy: “Another source admitted that ‘other than the service academies and perhaps BYU, I can’t see anyone rising up that makes it better to add than to stay pat at 11.'”

UConn went 1-11 last season and is 18-55 in six seasons since joining the AAC.