The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


July 25, 2013

Still-changing C-USA bigger at 14 teams for 2013


UTSA, which didn't even have a football team three years ago, spent only one season in the WAC and was 8-4 overall. Coach Larry Coker, the former Miami coach, expects C-USA to be a viable league and a great opportunity for the Roadrunners.

Florida Atlantic coach Carl Pelini is in a different conference for the third year in a row.

Pelini was defensive coordinator at Nebraska when the Cornhuskers switched from the Big 12 Conference to the Big Ten in 2011, then spent his first season as head coach in the Sun Belt. He said it's "kind of fun" preparing to play completely different opponents, something he faces again next season.

"It's insane," Pelini said. "But that's what college football is right now, right? The landscape changes every year."

As first-year FIU coach Ron Turner put it after spending the past eight seasons as an NFL assistant, "There's changes in every conference. If you don't pick up a paper for four months, you may not know who's in what conference. And from year to year, you're definitely not going to know."

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