Fertile ground for turnarounds, who is next to surge in AAC?
FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2018, file photo, Memphis coach Mike Norvell watches the scoreboard during the American Athletic Conference championship NCAA college football game against Central Florida, in Orlando, Fla. Norvell has produced explosive offenses at Memphis. The Tigers ranked seventh in scoring (42.9) last season and second (45.5) in 2017. But they haven’t been as good on the other side of the ball. Memphis ranked 94th in scoring defense (31.9) last year and 102nd (32.5) in 2017. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, file photo, Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell, right, speaks with linebacker Malik Clements (4) before an NCAA college football game against Navy in Cincinnati. Nobody saw Cincinnati coming in the American Athletic Conference last year. Not even Luke Fickell, who guided the team to a seven-victory improvement in his second season as Bearcats coach. Best to expect the unexpected in the AAC. The league has been fertile ground for fast turnarounds since it rose from the ashes of the old Big East in 2013. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2018, file photo, Central Florida quarterback McKenzie Milton looks for a receiver during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida Atlantic in Orlando, Fla. Part of the sales pitch that lured Milton from his home state of Hawaii to UCF was a pledge by then-Knights coach Scott Frost to help put the quarterback on a path to a post-playing career in coaching. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 file photo, SMU head coach Sonny Dykes, left, talks to his players during a timeout in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Central Florida in Orlando, Fla. Best to expect the unexpected in the AAC. The league has been fertile ground for fast turnarounds since it rose from the ashes of the old Big East in 2013. SMU under second-year coach Sonny Dykes was in the thick of the West Division race last season until losing its last two. The Mustangs add former Texas quarterback Shane Buechele, among several transfers who could give SMU more staying power. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)