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  1. Heading into his sixth season at the Herd's helm, Holliday was ranked No. 1 in Conference USA, No. 15 among the Group of Five conferences and No. 68 overall. In C-USA, Holliday was followed (in order) by Rice's David Bailiff (No. 72 overall), Louisiana Tech's Skip Holtz (No. 73), UTSA's Larry Coker (No. 82), UTEP's Sean Kugler (No. 83), Western Kentucky's Jeff Brohm (No. 93), North Texas' Dan McCarney (No. 94), Middle Tennessee's Rick Stockstill (No.97), Old Dominion's Bobby Wilder (No. 102), Charlotte's Brad Lambert (No. 111), Florida Atlantic's Charlie Partridge (No. 112), Southern Miss' Todd Monken (No. 117) and FIU's Ron Turner (No. 119). Obviously, C-USA head coaches didn't get much respect. Even Holliday wasn't ranked in the top half nationally. The average ranking for C-USA's 13 coaches was a lowly 88.5 out of 128. Read more: http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x1641591927/Doc-No-1-but-C-USA-coaches-lag-in-rankings
  2. So, fireworks or dud? The moves aren't "Dawg Dazzle" quality, but they are better than the fireworks we let off in our backyards. And they certainly aren't duds. The emphasis was on growth and television markets. FIU (48,000 students), North Texas (36,305) UT-San Antonio (30,474), FAU (30,000), Charlotte (26,232) and Old Dominion (24,753) are up and coming schools with growing enrollments. Among the departing members, only UCF (59,490), Houston (40,747) and East Carolina (26,900) had larger enrollments. As for television markets, six of the eight largest markets in C-USA will belong to first-year members. Besides, although conference reconfiguration was football-driven, the updated Conference USA will be stronger in basketball than the old version. Overall, C-USA leadership did as well as reasonably could be expected. That's worthy of at least Camden Park-quality fireworks. AAC: Even the acronym sounds like someone gagging. Everyone that mattered has bailed, including Syracuse, Pittsburgh, the Catholic Seven basketball schools, Louisville and Rutgers (2014), while TCU, Boise State and San Diego State became no-shows. Read more: http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x1489432505/A-look-at-changes-to-college-athletics
  3. The future obviously isn’t now for Conference USA. Heck, it’s not even next year. With four members leaving by July 1, 2013, and another six schools joining the league in time frames varying from 2013 through 2015, C-USA hasn’t been discussed in the present tense very much lately. Until now. That’s because as future-oriented as this league appears to be, there are still some decisions about that future which have to be made right now. Scheduling for football is a prime example. Since current Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) members Old Dominion and Charlotte aren’t going to upgrade to FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) status until the 2015 season, it leaves Conference USA unbalanced. How unbalanced? Imagine your tires after driving around Huntington’s pothole-ridden streets. The problem is in the 2013 and ’14 football seasons, C-USA’s East Division will number only five schools while the West will have seven. The East will include Marshall, East Carolina, Southern Miss, UAB and Florida International. But the West Division will feature such holdovers as Tulsa, UTEP, Rice and Tulane along with new members UT-San Antonio, North Texas and Louisiana Tech. That obviously wreaks havoc with scheduling. Read more: http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x739985812/Changing-members-put-C-USA-in-a-pickle
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