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This post is a little late considering the 2013 season has been wrapped up for almost a month now, but I thought I'd give my thoughts on UCF winning the inaugural American Conference championship. The Knights victory was more important than you may think. Louisville was done, finished, and chomping at the bit for the 2013 season to be done so they could start preparing for membership in the "Big 5" ACC. I don't believe one second that the players or coaches at UL didn't care if they left the old Big East on a sour note. But, you have to believe that the administration was ready to go from the day they accepted the ACC's desperate invite. Teddy Bridgewater in the ACC? Fans can only daydream now. To start its legacy on a true blank slate where new chapters could be written, and the history of the old Big East ride into the sunset, the American needed UCF -- a new long-term entry -- to win the conferences first championship and BCS bid. Placing a magnifying glass on what transpired through out the 2013 season, who knows, an undefeated Louisville might have played Florida State in the National Championship. That would have been great for Louisville and the ACC, but if the cardinals had won a national championship, they would have carried it with them as they walked out the American football door the next day. UCF playing in the fiesta bowl, and more importantly, upsetting the heavily favored Baylor Bears gives the American a championship they will have with them well into the future. The Knights have the infrastructure, coaching, talent pool, and student body (over 50,000 students) to be the cornerstone for the American that Miami was for the former Big East. A Louisville championship would have given the American another piercing reminder of the success the league used to have before all the "success" walked (some ran) to other conferences. Mike Aresco was happy to see the knights win his leagues first championship. Now he can sit back and watch his champion have continued success in his conference, rather than in another.

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