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American Atheltic Conference Football Kickoff Concludes

Aug. 4, 2015

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NEWPORT, R.I. - The American Athletic Association concluded their annual Football Kickoff And Media Days on Tuesday at the Newport Hyatt.

The Huskies were represented at the event by head coach Bob Diaco, redshirt junior offensive tackles Andreas Knappe (Silkeborg, Denmark) and redshirt senior safety Andrew Adams (Fayetteville, Ga.).

There was a session of media interviews on Monday afternoon, which was followed by the Annual New England Clambake - the most-popular event of any conference media day in the country.

Tuesday was a bevy of media activities as there were open media sessions for head coaches and student-athletes from all conference teams.

In addition, there were a pair of head coach roundtables broken down by each Division., which were moderated by ESPN anchor Kevin Negandhi. Diaco was joined by East Division coaches George O'Leary-UCF, Bob Diaco-UConn, Tommy Tuberville-Cincinnati, Ruffin McNeill-East Carolina, Willie Taggart-USF, Matt Rhule-Temple.

"I consider us a challenger brand," said American commissioner Mike Aresco, a UConn law school graduate. "We continue to be unafraid to take on big challenges. We are energetic, enthusiastic, competitive and are having fun. We are also friendly, we care about our fans, we value our media coverage. We are already building a memorable brand. We know we have to be extremely efficient, work extremely hard and compete smarter than our competition in this challenging new world of top-level college athletics. America is about upward mobility and opportunity and that is what the American Athletic Conference represents. We will not accept limitations, we will determine who and what we are."

In the preseason media poll released on Tuesday, Cincinnati was the preseason top pick in the Eastern Division followed by UCF, Temple, East Carolina, USF and UConn. Memphis was the pick in the West Division followed by Houston, Navy, Tulane, SMU and Tulsa.

Cincinnati was the overall pick to the win the conference championship game as Memphis, Houston and UCF also received consideration. The first-ever Athletic Conference Football Championship will be played Saturday, Dec. 5, at the home site of the division champion with the best conference record.

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