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

Tim Pernetti, a New Jersey native and former Rutgers football player, is set to be hired as the next commissioner of the American Athletic Conference (AAC), according to sources familiar with the move. Pernetti, who currently serves as the president of IMG Academy in Florida, has a wealth of experience in college sports administration.

Before his tenure at Rutgers, Pernetti worked in programming for ABC Sports and helped launch College Sports Television, which later became CBS Sports Network. He served as the athletic director at Rutgers from 2009-2013 and played a pivotal role in securing the school’s membership in the Big Ten. However, he resigned from Rutgers following a scandal involving men’s basketball coach Mike Rice Jr. physically and verbally abusing players.

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

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