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Sun Belt Conference Announces Preseason Coaches Poll

Sun Belt Conference Release
July 20, 2009

CFP – The Sun Belt Conference coaches' preseason poll has been released and defending champion Troy was listed first on the ballot by five of the nine member coaches. Four schools received a single first-place vote - FAU, FIU, Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana-Monroe.

Conference coaches have shown a tendency to vote for the team that won the previous year's title. Last year, the coaches voted FAU as the team to beat after the Owls had claimed the 2007 crown, and Troy was tapped in 2007 after the Trojans had won the 2006 title.

The Sun Belt Conference, in an effort to save money during dire economic times, is conducting Media Days as a 2-day web-based event, July 20 and 21.

Preseason Sun Belt Poll
As voted on by the league’s nine head coaches. First place votes in parentheses.

  Team Points
1. Troy (5) 72
2. Arkansas State 69
3. FAU (1) 61
4. Middle Tennessee 52
5. FIU (1) 43
6. Louisiana-Lafayette (1) 39
7. Louisiana-Monroe (1) 34
8. North Texas 18
9. Western Kentucky 17