According to two sources familiar with the move, the American Athletic Conference will hire Tim Pernetti as its next commissioner. Pernetti, a New Jersey native and former Rutgers football player, has been running the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida since 2015.

Pernetti was the athletic director at Rutgers from 2009 to 2013 and played a key role in securing the school’s membership in the Big Ten. He resigned from Rutgers in 2013 after a scandal in which men’s basketball coach Mike Rice Jr. physically and verbally abused players. Pernetti was criticized for initially only suspending Rice instead of firing him.

Prior to his tenure at Rutgers, Pernetti worked in programming for ABC Sports and helped launch College Sports Television, which later became the CBS Sports Network. The American Athletic Conference 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, Tulsa, East Carolina, Navy and Tulane.

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