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From Underdogs to Overcats?

Back from a sort-of vacation and being randomly selected by the TSA for bag search -- they're batting 1.000 when I'm wearing a dashiki or kente cloth hat. Coincidence? -- and about to jump on the Sun Belt Conference preseason media teleconference. One thing we know we'll hear from the coaches today: pumping up of FIU, the coaches' preseason pick for Sun Belt champions.

The Sun Belt's assumed to come down to FIU or Troy with the standard preseason publication line about FIU being "they won't catch anybody by surprise this year." In other words, underdogs no more. Bringing to mind something from the days when Saturday morning television schedules were previewed with two-hour prime time shows on Friday night...


T.Y. Hilton shared Preseason Offensive Player of the Year with North Texas running back Lance Dunbar. Along with Hilton, left tackle Caylin Hauptmann, linebacker Winston Fraser, defensive end Tourek Williams, and safety Jonathan Cyprien were Preseason All-Sun Belt selections.

On to the conference calls...


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