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Football coaches see hope for C-USA    Courier-Journal

"They're asking me a lot of questions, but I don't know much about it,'' first-year U of L coach Bobby Petrino said after being peppered with reporters' queries about the Big East. "When it first started, with all of the Miami-ACC rumors, I was probably paying attention to it, maybe too much. So we got our staff together about a month ago and said, `Let's get off of this and make sure we stay focused on the season.'

44 presidents bid to bust BCS 'cartel,' open Division 1-A    Commercial Appeal

Tulane president Scott Cowen convened a teleconference of 44 presidents from non-BCS schools and created a Presidential Coalition for Athletic Reform. The goals of the coalition are to improve access for all teams to postseason football, reduce the financial requirements for remaining in Division 1-A and raise academic requirements in college athletics.

The new summer song and dance    The Sporting News

During the opening week of the NCAA's summer evaluation period for recruits, he landed two of the top 15 prospects in the prep senior class: small forward Josh Smith and power forward D.J. White. As Davis gazes toward a court where uncommitted Atlanta post man Dwight Howard competes at the Adidas ABCD Camp, it is apparent he would like to make this sort of development habitual -- and is unconcerned about the possible consequences.

Conference USA coaches cast votes for top teams     Sun Journal

With that came predictions, and if the coaches have it right there will be a repeat champion. Texas Christian, which shared the league title with Cincinnati last season, received eight out of 11 first-place votes from the coaches and looks to be the clear-cut favorite when the season kicks off Aug. 30.

TCU, conference want BCS changes     Star Telegram

"We recognize that we may change," Banowsky said. "There is some uncertainly, and that has created some apprehension. But at the same time, we had more teams in bowl games than ever before, and we're proving to be one of best conferences from top to bottom."


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