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AAC commish: No plot with ESPN to poach

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American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco vehemently denied that his league has ever "plotted" with ESPN to undermine another conference by poaching its schools.

Aresco addressed conference realignment Wednesday during the AAC's virtual football media day, saying the league is not actively looking to add schools.

"Our conference has never strategically aligned or plotted with ESPN to influence conference structures," Aresco said. "We wouldn't do that. ESPN has never done that and would not do it. We do consult with our television and business partners on issues related to our conference. Everyone does, of course. But any suggestions or statements that we colluded with ESPN with regard to the structure of any other conference is a completely unfounded and grossly irresponsible accusation."

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