Conference USA Today (7/25/13): News and notes from around the conference

Let’s take a look at some of the media coverage of Wednesday’s Conference USA media day festivities.  More tomorrow.

Team News UTSA taking on underdog role in Conference USA
“UTSA played in the Western Athletic Conference last year, going 8-4. This year, the Roadrunners were picked to finish last in Conference USA’s West division. Last year, they were picked last as well but finished fourth.” UAB has Conference USA championship hopes in Year 2 of the Garrick McGee era
“The Blazers, coming off a 3-9 season, were picked fourth in the East Division by the league coaches. A solid spring camp brought high momentum going into McGee’s second season.”

CBS Local (Miami): FIU Expecting Growing Pains in Conference USA
“(FIU coach) Ron Turner has quite a rebuilding job ahead of him at FIU. The team ranked 90th in the country in scoring defense (last year), allowing 31.7 points per game.”

Shreveport Times: La. Tech readies for entry into new-look Conference USA
“As Skip Holtz and Louisiana Tech appeared at their first Conference USA media day Wednesday, Rice head coach David Bailiff said Holtz is already being influenced by his new state.” USM’s Monken not alone as a new head coach in Conference USA
“With six new members joining Conference USA this season, first-year Southern Miss football coach Todd Monken was by no means the only new face at the league’s media day on Wednesday.” MTSU helps Conference USA embrace expansion
” ‘I’ve watched Middle Tennessee play. They don’t have to prove anything to me,’ Marshall coach Doc Holliday said. ‘They can play with anybody. There have been good teams in the Sun Belt, and Middle Tennessee has been one of them. I know they can play in this league.’ ”

Conference News Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky ‘delighted and really bullish’ on league’s future
“I think we’re clearly in a period of analysis going forward, but we’re not in a period of active expansion.” Conference USA wants Nashville, Bridgestone Arena to host basketball tournament
“I’d love to have our basketball tournament at Bridgestone at some point.”

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