The college-football media days keep rolling on, as different conferences host members of the media to hype the new season. Conference USA will head to Dallas, Texas, from
Wednesday, July 19, to Thursday, July 20.
The conference will stream coaches’ and players’ meetings with the media on Facebook Live. Schools from the West Division will begin media days on Wednesday at 2 p.m., with Louisiana Tech University kicking off the event.
The University of North Texas will take the stage at 2:15 p.m., Rice University will follow at 2:30 p.m., and the University of Southern Mississippi will face the conference media at 2:45 p.m. USM head coach Jay Hopson, running back Ito Smith and defensive back Cornell Armstrong will be at the event.
The University of Alabama-Birmingham returns to football and media days next at 3 p.m. The University of Texas, El Paso will be up at 3:15 p.m., and the University of Texas, San Antonio will take the stage at 3:30 p.m. Day one ends with Conference USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod facing the media at 3:45 p.m.
The second day will start at 9 a.m. with the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Florida International University will be up at 9:15 a.m., and Florida Atlantic University head coach Lane Kiffin will field questions at 9:30 a.m.
Marshall University will hit the stage next at 9:45 a.m., and Middle Tennessee State University will follow at 10 a.m. Old Dominion University will be up at 10:15 a.m, and Western Kentucky University will be the final school to take a turn at 10:30 a.m.
C-USA’s media days will end with Senior Associate Commissioner Merton Hanks at the podium at 10:45 a.m. The media coverage will be archived on the conference’s webpage and Facebook page.
Media outlets are already making preseason predictions for C-USA, including selections for Preseason Player of the Year and first-team All-C-USA, as well as predictions of the order that teams will finish in this season.
The University of Southern Mississippi didn’t earn any Preseason Player of the Year awards but did have two players on the first-team All-C-USA list—running back Ito Smith and wide receiver Allenzae Staggers. Surprisingly, no Golden Eagle landed on the first-team defense or special teams.
The media predicted that Louisiana Tech will win the West Division with 20 votes. UTSA came in second in the order with seven votes, and Southern Miss is the last team in the West with just one vote to end up in third place.
North Texas finished fourth in predictions, with Rice in the fifth spot, UTEP picked to finish in sixth, and UAB expected to finish last as its football program resumes.
In the East Division, media members picked Western Kentucky first to win the division with 20 votes. Middle Tennessee earned four votes to end up in second place, with Old Dominion earning three votes for third place.
Marshall was the last school to earn a vote in the East, with just one selection to end up in fourth place. Media outlets predicted that Florida Atlantic will end up in fifth, FIU will take sixth place, and Charlotte will fall in last place in the division.