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Poinsettia Bowl

Navy Football No Longer Independent; Now Officially In AAC

Navy football now has a home.

It only took 135 years.

The program has played as an independent since 1879 but it officially became a member of the American Athletic Conference on Wednesday as the league's 12th football-playing member, allowing the conference to hold a championship game.

Navy, with its tradition and rich history, not to mention back-to-back bowl wins, will be a part of the AAC West Division. UConn is in the East Division.

Navy will remain in the Patriot League for other sports.

"We are very excited about joining the American Athletic Conference and playing in the West Division," Navy director of athletics Chet Gladchuk said in a...