Talks of Wichita State joining the AAC are heating up, and the Shockers could reportedly join the AAC as early as next season.
According to a report from Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel, Wichita State is currently in talks with the AAC, to the point where a potential timeline is in place. Currently, it appears as though it's a matter of when the Shockers will join the AAC, not if, and the report suggests they could join as early as the 2017-2018 season.
There’s strong mutual interest between both sides, and sources said that a final decision could be made within the next month or in as few as the next two weeks. Any decision would need to be approved by the American Athletic Conference’s presidents, but the mutual interest is strong enough where neither side sees any looming issues.
There were rumors circulating weeks ago that Wichita State was interested in leaving the Missouri Valley Conference after receiving another poor seed (No. 10) in the NCAA Tournament despite a 31-5 season, and it wasReport: Wichita State Will Head To AAC If Invited
"> suggested that the Shockers would join the AAC "if invited."
According to Thamel, both the AAC and Wichita State would like to see the Shockers in the AAC as soon as possible to avoid a "lame duck year in the Missouri Valley Conference." A decision is expected to be made within the next month, and MVC officials are reportedly aware the two parties are in talks.
Theoretically, the move would be beneficial to both the AAC and Wichita State. The basketball program would increase its strength of schedule and national profile, and the AAC would increase its competitiveness nationally as well.