A conference spanning 5 time zones?
Published: Tuesday, 08 May 2012 09:47
by Doug Samuels
Conference USA announced five new members last week with the additions of Charlotte, Florida International, Louisiana Tech, North Texas, and Texas-San Antonio, and according to Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick, they've got much bigger plans in store.
One thing that Marshall head coach Doc Holliday likes about the new conference alignment is the new talent pool that it brings to the conference.
"The one thing that you have to take a look at, when you look at every one of those schools, their recruiting base is huge. I mean you look at Texas, there's a lot of players in Texas. Those Texas schools are going to be talented. There's as many players in south Florida as there is anywhere in America. FIU, as you saw in the bowl game, is going to have excellent players. Charlotte's a beautiful campus with a bunch of students. They're going to have a great facility. There's a lot of players around there."
Last Friday, C-USA commissioner Britton Banowsky said that they are focused on growing the league even further, which is the same message that Hamrick shares.
"What we're going to do in Conference USA is going to get stable and the Mountain West is going to get stable, and then we're going to continue on discussions of how these two conferences can get together to form a national conference."
"When I say national, I'm talking about five time zones. From East Carolina on the east coast to Hawaii."