A glance at the American Athletic Conference’s six new members:
Location, Charlotte, North Carolina.
Football stadium (capacity): Jerry Richardson Stadium (15,314).
Current record: 4-2, under coach Will Healy.
Notable: The football program was started in 2008 and became a full fledged member of Division I’s highest level in 2015. The 49ers have had one winning season since.
Florida Atlantic Owls
Location: Boca Raton, Florida.
Football stadium (capacity): Lockhart Stadium (20,450).
Current record: 3-3, under coach Willie Taggart.
Notable: Former Miami coaching great Howard Schnellenberger helped launch FAU football. He was the program’s first coach from 2004-11, reaching two bowl games. The Owls peaked under Lane Kiffin, winning two Conference USA titles and two bowl games over three seasons (2017-19).
North Texas Mean Green
Location, Denton, Texas.
Football stadium (capacity): Apogee Stadium (30,850)
Current record: 1-5, under coach Set Littrell.
Notable: Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Greene’s alma mater was also coached by College Football Hall of Famer Hayden Fry. More recently, North Texas had a solid run of three straight bowl appearances that included a Conference USA title game, but the team is head for its third straight losing season.
Football stadium (capacity): Rice Stadium (47,000).
Current record: 2-4, under coach Mike Bloomgren.
Notable: Rice is the oldest and most tradition-rich of the AAC’s new football members, but it has had a difficult time sustaining football success in recent years. A former member of the old Southwest Conference with schools such as Texas and Arkansas, the Owls have played in five bowls games since joining Conference USA in 2005.
Location: Birmingham, Alabama.
Football stadium (capacity): Protective Stadium (37,167).
Current record: 5-2, under coach Bill Clark.
Notable: UAB’s football program has made a remarkable recovery, having been canceled after the 2014 season and then returning after a two-season hiatus. Since restarting, the Blazers have gone to the last three Conference USA championship games under Clark, and won two.
Location: San Antonio, Texas.
Football stadium (capacity): The Alamodome (65,000).
Current record: 7-0, under coach Jeff Traylor.
Notable: UTSA’s football program was started in 2012 and has had five winning seasons and made two bowl games. The Roadrunners (7-0) are currently undefeated and ranked for the first time in program history at No. 24 in the AP poll under second-year coach Traylor.
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