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“It makes it exciting,” said North Texas coach Dan McCarney. “We’ve all studied each other in the out-of-season, watching tape and seeing what they have and all that. But you get a lot better feel when you’re coaching against those teams and those coaches and those programs year in and year out — the tenacity, the style, the toughness. How does that team or coaching staff or program handle adversity, how do they handle success in your experiences coaching against them, as opposed to just watching them on tape?” In a reconstituted league like this, a team with a good offensive line or a good
It is an uncomfortable alliance that brings together 12 schools for the Conference USA Basketball Tournament in Tulsa this week. Why teams are leaving C-USA for a new league with no name and basically the same teams is emblematic of everything that is wrong with conference realignment. Much of what has happened in conference realignment makes little sense. However, the shifting alliances between Conference USA and a yet-to-be-named league with pretty much the same lineup is the strangest move of all. Many believe Tulsa, in the very near future, will join the C-USA defectors in a new lea
Tulsa may already be in the best position possible for the new BCS formula and playoff. In 2014, just one slot will be available to the highest ranked team from five conferences, the so-called "group of five." That group includes Conference USA, the Big East, Mountain West, Mid-America and Sun Belt. The five power leagues will each be guaranteed one slot in the new BCS bowl and playoffs. Those leagues are the Big 12, Big 10, Southeastern, Pac-12 and ACC. The "group of five" conferences will get an average of about $17.25 million (25 percent of the new contract's payout) each, and the