Wichita State has been added to the American Athletic Conference and will compete with The University of Tulsa.
“The addition of Wichita State to The American Athletic Conference will enhance our league’s national brand especially in the sport of basketball,” said Tulsa Athletic Director Derrick Gragg. “It not only reinforces the league’s position as one of the top basketball conferences in the country, but it also impacts favorably a number of other sports. Geographically, for the University of Tulsa, this move makes perfect sense as many of our teams already compete against the Shockers.”
Matilda Mossman, Tulsa women’s basketball coach, thinks Wichita State is a good fit. “I think for Tulsa, it’s a great thing because it adds a regional opponent that we can get to easily and fans can get to easily,” Mossman said. “For the overall benefit to the league, they are a brand-name program, they’ve always been competitive and it makes our league even stronger.”
Frank Haith, Tulsa men’s basketball coach, said Wichita State makes the AAC stronger. “Wichita State is a tremendous addition to the American Athletic Conference,” Haith said. “We have consistently been one of the top basketball leagues in the country and adding a perennial NCAA Tournament program like Wichita State as our 12th member just reinforces our standing among the nation’s elite. I am excited to welcome Coach Marshall and Wichita State to the family. We have great respect and a long-standing rivalry with the Shockers that will continue to flourish as part of The American.”