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HARTFORD, Conn. - The American Athletic Conference wants to be considered a power conference and released a strategic plan on Monday designed to help it improve its stature.
The plan sets numerous goals for athletics, academics, health and safety, marketing and revenue. Among them are filling football stadiums and basketball arenas to between 70 and 80 percent capacity; achieving a graduation rate of at least 90 percent, strengthening the conference's TV and media rights deals and pushing "a Power 6 narrative."
The plan features a logo that reads "American Power," with the "e" in the word Power replaced by the numeral 6.
"We are obviously completely focused and dedicated to being a Power Six conference," commissioner Mike Aresco said. "We think we already are. We are doing everything the other guys are doing. This is the first step in terms of writing it down."
There are currently five power conferences - the SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and Big 12.
The AAC is part of next lower tier, known as the Group of Five.
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