What to Watch for at AAC Media Day

NEWPORT, R.I. – For the first and last time, Rutgers football will be a part of the American Athletic Conference media day activities. With day one of the inaugural AAC media day underway, ScarletReport.com previews the biggest storylines from a Rutgers perspective.

NEWPORT, R.I. – Media days are done for the majority of football conferences, but the inaugural American Athletic Conference event kicks off today. With formal interviews and media activities for the 10 teams in attendance set for Tuesday morning, ScarletReport.com gets a jump on the action by previewing what to watch for from a Rutgers perspective.

5.) Commissioner Mike Aresco -- Last year's Big East media day in Newport was all about the search that ended in Aresco's selection as commissioner. The conference had no permanent leader at last year's festivities. With the exception of a few brief appearances at games during the season, Aresco has not gotten a chance to be in the spotlight and share his vision for the conference.

After trying to keep the focus on long-term members, how will Aresco discuss Rutgers and Louisville tomorrow where they are expected to be the top two in the polls?

4.) Recruiting -- Everything always comes back to recruiting, especially on FOXSportsNEXT.com and ScarletReport.com. Every year, there are behind-the-scenes developments in recruiting at this time of year. With training camp about to start and many recruits looking for pre-season decisions, coach Kyle Flood and his players have a chance to sell their message on a bigger scale.

In the last two years, players like Leonte Carroo and Skai Moore had significant developments for Rutgers during this time. This year, receiver Kendrick Edwards, running back Jonathan Hilliman and running back Ish Witter and others are close to decisions going into the start of the week.

3.) Roster Changes -- Rutgers got a jump on some of its roster changes by releasing its 2013 media guide during Big Ten activities last week. One move of note was linebacker Quanzell Lambert headed permanently to defensive end. Freshman Eric Wiafe did not make it onto the roster release and is bound for a semester of prep school. Flood is expected to address other changes coming out of informal summer workouts and can discuss freshmen walk-ons for the first time with many already enrolled in classes.

Rutgers announced a series of departures after spring practice, including Michael Larrow, Matt McBride and Jorge Vicioso but could have more changes released tomorrow morning. Rutgers players formally report to camp Aug. 1.

2.) Coleman in the Spotlight -- Junior receiver Brandon Coleman already faced the NFL questions from Rutgers media this summer, but he will be one of the most sought-after players by national media tomorrow in Newport. With the exception of Heisman candidate Teddy Bridgewater, Coleman will be the biggest star in the room and highest rated by NFL scouts.

Coleman has plenty of media experience as a former four-star recruit and he should sell Rutgers and Flood's vision for the program well in tomorrow's spotlight.

1.) Hello, Goodbye -- Rutgers and Louisville have the pleasure of saying goodbye with moves to the Big Ten and ACC set for next year. With the death of the original Big East conference last spring, a year of dramatic conference changes is the leading storyline going into tomorrow morning's media activities.

Rutgers and Louisville are out. SMU, UCF, Memphis and Houston are in for 2013 with more on the way in 2015 and 16. Expect Flood and Louisville coach Charlie Strong to sell their new conferences hard to the national media with big recruiting opportunities out there. The two favorites to battle for the AAC crown, expect the Scarlet Knights and Cardinals to have targets on their backs this season from new teams and long-term members looking to make a statement.

When looking at the smorgasbord of football programs that is the 2013 AAC one thing is important to remember – the winner gets an automatic spot in the BCS.


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