OK. Here is the Conference USA "Media Blitz" roundup. But before I begin, let me just say it is light years ahead of anything the WAC ever put together. They should be commended. Is it perfect? No, but the production value is good and the effort is there. I suggest you check out the interview of Bennett, D.D. Lee and Eckert for yourself.
By now, everyone has heard that the coaches were polled and picked SMU dead last in the West. Not much we can do about that; we have to start somewhere.
On the QB's:
They still refer to a three man race, though to listen to Bennett, you'd never know it. Bennett said he didn't know if Phillips could get back in the race for the starting QB job.
All right, so that means it is between Eckert and Romo, right? But Eckert was at media day. But Romo was named the team captain(?). And Bennett said he'll play both quarterbacks. And then said Eckert and Romo were his starting quarterbacks (emphasis on the plural, there). And Bennett said this was the best QB situation SMU has been in since he's been the coach. I won't deny that, but... errr...uhhhh....
On Conference USA:
Bennett likes it. More regional. More exposure. Likes the championship game.
He's 100% healthy and ready to go. Generic defense talk. I didn't realize the turnover margin in 2004 was -19. Yikes.
On the QB battle, we got generic QB talk. "We all have strengths and weaknesses, yada yada yada." Eckert thinks the offensive line is greatly improved; the whole line is back; more experienced; understand Velarick's scheme. To that I will say, they'd better be-26 sacks is unacceptable.
Oh, and Bennett is still having fun and thinks they will be greatly improved.