Andre Fernandez here covering the Conference USA Media Day here in Irving, Tx. for David Neal.
FIU and FAU just did their TV interviews at nearby Fox Sports Studios and will be made available to us later on at 1:30 pm. Follow me if you wish on Twitter @andremhsports where I'll post some updates later when we speak to them.
I've already been posting some stuff including comments and pics from the morning session where the media interviewed the C-USA West Division coaches.
Among them were 3 coaches with local ties - Texas San Antonio's Larry Coker (former UM coach), Tulane's Curtis Johnson (former UM receivers coach) and Louisiana Tech's Skip Holtz (former USF coach).
I asked Johnson about the difficulties FIU coach Ron Turner have faced in an upcoming transition season especially in terms of recruiting in the highly-competitive South Florida area.
“Coach Turner has a background with [former UM assistant] Greg Schiano. He has some natural ties to South Florida. I think he’s getting back to the roots of South Florida recruiting. Coach Turner is a great offensive mind. He’s going to play some good football down there.”
“One thing, you know when schools are everywhere. You see FIU shirts everywhere down there. They’re getting info from [former UM coach Butch] Davis and Schiano and I think they’re going to do a great job.”