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Early thoughts from the AAC Media Day. Navy looks to make a mark, Gary Robinson and Mother Nature.

POSTED August 04, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

NEWPORT, RI: The American Athletic Conference unveiled their coaches and teams as they set out to play their 2015 season which kicks off on September 3.

The newest addition, Navy, certainly got their share of attention as a program who will make some noise and be noticed right off the bat.

The AAC now sports two divisions, an East and West with the University of Connecticut picked last in the east. Cincinnati has been projected as the overwhelming favorite in the league out of the East while Memphis is picked to take the West and finish right behind the Bearcats.

This year, the AAC will have their own Championship game which will be played on December 5, at noon on ESPN.

The Huskies kick off their campaign on Thursday, September 3 when they host Villanova and play three of their first four games at home.

So many questions still await UConn fans as the Bob Diaco era enters its second year.

Who will be behind center?

Who will be the go-to wide receiver?

Who will take the rock the majority of the time for the ground game?

....Great surprise when I arrived in Newport as the guy behind the check-in area was the one and only Gary Robinson, the former Torrington High School and Western Connecticut State star.

A friendly face normally greets us at these events but seeing a young man who cut his writing teeth with us as an intern many summers ago.

Robinson was part of the 2006 Torrington basketball team State Championship squad and simply a great kid.

....Mother Nature had some fun with most of us this morning with a fast moving and tough thunderstorm that knocked out power to part of Rhode Island, allowing me to drive around the University of Rhode Island far too many times for my liking.

Newport is always a beautiful place to visit, the bridges coming in and going out are impressive.


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