In a prepared statement, ESPN told SportsBusiness Journal: "Conference USA never fulfilled their contractual obligation relating to ESPN’s future rights. We are exploring possible solutions to resolve this situation but remain prepared to take any necessary steps to protect our rights."
Conference USA spokeswoman Courtney Morrison-Archer disagreed, responding in an e-mail: "We have great respect for ESPN and have appreciated our partnership. We disagree with the assertion that ESPN was disadvantaged and are disappointed that they feel as if they were. On the contrary, ESPN had every opportunity to step up and address our concerns. Following a long and protracted discussion, the conference board of directors voted to move in a different direction. Conference USA reached an agreement with Fox on terms clearly more favorable than those offered by ESPN, and we believe the conference fully complied with its contractual obligations to ESPN."
Now I can say we’re under the radar and we’re not even supposed to win our game this week against UAB, if you believe the oddsmakers.
We’re the Rodney Dangerfield so far - not getting any respect.
"When I took this job, I knew it was a graveyard for coaches, but that was a chance I was willing to take," New Mexico State coach DeWayne Walker said. "You’re not going to change a program with a history of losing overnight. Hopefully, the university gives me time to do it right."
- With all of Houston’s quarterback problems and with no one other than Southern Miss appearing to be anything decent, watch out for UTEP in the Conference USA title chase. The offense is playing well enough to overcome a lousy defense that gets nothing from the front line, but the big key is the schedule. The Miners don’t play a 2009 bowl team again until the end of October, and while November is set up for the annual UTEP nosedive (SMU, at Arkansas, Tulsa), the record should be strong with Memphis, at New Mexico, Rice, at UAB, Tulane, and at Marshall up next.
"I was surprised how our defense played," he said at his weekly press conference. "They didn't attack like we are going to do from now on. We may get beat but we're not going to play defense like we did Friday night. ... They were sitting back catching and that's not the way to play defense."
UTEP - 2010 CFN Prediction: 6-6
Sept. 4 Ark.-Pine Bluff
Sept. 10 at Houston
Sept. 18 NMSU
Sept. 25 Memphis
Oct. 2 at New Mexico
Oct. 9 Rice
Oct. 16 at UAB
Oct. 23 Tulane
Oct. 30 at Marshall
Nov. 6 SMU
Nov. 13 at Arkansas
Nov. 20 at Tulsa
Nov. 27 OPEN DATE
Scout.com makes their schedule predictions for this season. Interestingly enough they pick us to win all our home games and lose all our away games.
Personally, I predict far better than this.
On the flip side, however, one national media outlet has UTEP listed as a potential "BCS Buster" a school that has a chance to crash the BCS Bowl lineup despite not playing in a conference with an automatic bid.
"Right now Dawn (Hearne), with all the controversies and all the things about concussions, you can't allow the kids to play if they have a headache," Price said. "But you can't make the club in the tub. It means the second-team players have to get their butts in gear."
Are prep schools legit??
Tim Floyd has picked up a second recruit from Heat Academy. It is a prep school that assists high school players who have not passed their ACT or scored high enough on the SAT to enter college.
In fact most that attend are gifted atheletes but challenged academically. It is not free either, the tuition to these schools for room, board, and books is north of $10,000.
Rashanti Harris has also attended Patterson Academy (now defunct) and has not been eligible for college admission and clearance by NCAA for two years.
My question other than are they legit—-is this a better route than Jucos since all from prep schools if eligible at UTEP are somewhat older than the typical freshman.
by JACELP on May 3, 2010 1:24 PM CDT
MinerMike: Bumped from another thread as I believe this topic deserves it's own attention.
DothanEagle News: What’s been the major difference between your first months at UTEP compared to your first months at Auburn?
Tony Barbee: The welcome, to me, to my family, to the staff, has been overwhelming. When you hear about the Auburn family, you really don’t grasp it until you’re a part of it.