Boston Herald

AP: Six schools apply for American

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The American Athletic Conference’s latest rebuild leaves Conference USA in a precarious position.

Six schools from C-USA — UAB, UTSA, Rice, North Texas, Charlotte and Florida Atlantic — have applied for membership with the American and are expected to be accepted by the end of the week, according to two people with knowledge of the process who spoke with The Associated Press.

An announceme­nt could come as soon as Thursday. The people spoke to AP on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the league was not yet prepared to make its expansion plans public.

The shuffling is part of the fallout from the latest round of conference realignmen­t kicked off this summer when Oklahoma and Texas decided to bolt the Big 12 for the Southeaste­rn Conference. The ripple effects are now being felt across the country.

The American was in the market for new members after three of its most successful schools — Cincinnati, Houston and Central Florida — announced in September they would be joining the Big 12.

Where could C-USA turn?

Liberty, a private school in Lynchburg, Virginia, has expressed interest in joining a conference that could house its currently independen­t FBS football team.

Northeast football independen­ts Connecticu­t and Massachuse­tts would likely be football-only options for C-USA.

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