By Pete Thamel
January 16, 2014
Nick Carparelli Jr. was influential in the creation of the Pinstripe Bowl and the Miami Beach Bowl.
Wilfredo Lee/AP

Carparelli's departure will leave a big void for the American, which is again trying to find its footing in football after the latest flurry of departures, including Pitt, Syracuse, Rutgers and Louisville. The league did have a successful inaugural season, highlighted by UCF's blowout victory over Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl.

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