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

Tim Pernetti, a former athletic director at Rutgers and current president of IMG Academy in Florida, is set to be hired as the next commissioner of the American Athletic Conference (AAC), according to two sources familiar with the move. Pernetti, who is a New Jersey native and a former Rutgers football player, will replace SMU, which left for the Atlantic Coast Conference, and Army, which joined the conference as a football-only member. The deal is still being finalized, and an official announcement by the conference has not yet been scheduled.

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 has been leading the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida since 2015. During his time at Rutgers from 2009-2013, Pernetti played a pivotal role in securing the school’s membership in the Big Ten. However, he resigned following a scandal involving men’s basketball coach Mike Rice Jr., who was accused of physically and verbally abusing players.

The AAC is currently undergoing significant changes with several new additions to its roster for next season. The conference will have 14 football members including newcomers like North Texas, Rice, FAU, Charlotte, UAB and UTSA. The conference boasts some impressive teams such as Memphis, Temple

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