How does the AAC sound as a possible future home of the Kansas State football program?
If the Big 12 were to go under, the American Athletic Conference is among the group of conferences that could find itself courting new members. The AAC is a conference that, since its creation, has been doing everything it can to expand its influence and earn respect among its peers.
The AAC’s been helped out by the fact that teams like Houston, UCF, and Memphis have, at various times, thrived when competing against more traditional powers and bigger names.
It wouldn’t be shocking to see multiple Big 12 teams glance in the AAC’s direction if more conference realignment craziness happened. And while the AAC wouldn’t be as desirable as some other conferences out there, Kansas State could certainly do worse if things start getting really weird.
As a whole, the AAC has some level of influence in multiple major markets. This is a conference that has full time members in Houston, South Florida, Dallas, Philadelphia, and other major cities all across the United States.
By joining the AAC, Kansas State football would be visible in a ton of major markets. There’s no doubt that this could help with out of state recruiting efforts, for both the athletic department and the university as a whole.
With a wide geographic footprint and leaders that advocate for the conference, the AAC isn’t the worst possible destination out there.