Football Championship Subdivision

Monmouth has Big South blueprint
Neal Sterling
Monmouth senior wide receiver Neal Sterling has 147 career
receptions for 1,710 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - They were shaking hands, exchanging stories and making each other feel good on Thursday.

The Monmouth Hawks shouldn't expect too many more pleasantries out of the other Big South Conference teams the rest of the year.

The Hawks are about to play their first season as an associate member in Big South football. Last year, they got a taste of the strength of the conference when they were pummeled by 30 points at Liberty as part of an independent schedule.

But Monmouth coach Kevin Callahan already had a blueprint in his hands when he attended Big South media day alongside two of his key seniors, running back K.B. Asante and defensive tackle Pat O'Hara. The Hawks were picked fifth in the conference's preseason poll, behind favorite Coastal Carolina, Liberty, Charleston Southern and Gardner-Webb, and ahead of only Presbyterian.   Full Story

SoCon retools, not rebuilds
By Craig Haley, FCS Exec. Director
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Southern Conference football teams staged one of the more impressive title races in the FCS last season.

Now they want to extend such play outside the conference schedule again.

The loss of perennial powers Appalachian State and Georgia Southern has arrived this season. But as good as last season was in the SoCon, when Samford, Wofford and Chattanooga shared first place despite the departing big two being eligible for the title, conference coaches know their teams have to do better to stay among the elite FCS conferences.  Full Story

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