New Commissioner Takes the Reins at the American Athletic Conference – NBC10 Philadelphia

The American Athletic Conference has announced the appointment of Tim Pernetti as its next commissioner, according to two sources close to the move. Pernetti, a former athletic director at Rutgers and current president of IMG Academy in Florida, is set to take on his new role following a period of change for the conference.

Pernetti has had a storied career in college sports, serving as the athletic director at Rutgers from 2009-2013 before resigning following a scandal involving men’s basketball coach Mike Rice Jr. He played a pivotal role in securing Rutgers’ membership in the Big Ten and has since helped launch College Sports Television and led IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

The AAC is currently undergoing changes, with SMU leaving for the Atlantic Coast Conference and Army joining as a football-only member. The conference will have 14 football members next season, including new additions such as North Texas, Rice, FAU, Charlotte, UAB, and UTSA. The AAC also boasts teams like Memphis, Temple, South Florida, Tulsa, East Carolina, Navy

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