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DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THE OLD DOMINION FOOTBALL TEAM KICKS OFF ITS NINTH SEASON SEPTEMBER TO WIN THE MONARCHS HOST ALBANY? THIS IS A BIG YEAR FOR ALL THE YOU — ODU AND CONFERENCE USA.

LOOKING TO IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW.

AND TWO HIGH-PROFILE COACHES AND BUTCH DAVIS OF FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL HEAD TOWARD THE CONFERENCE.

THE TWO PLAYERS FROM EACH TEAM MET IN DALLAS TODAY FOR THE CONFERENCE USA MEDIA DAY.

THEY ADMITTED HIS TEAM AND THE ENTIRE CONFERENCE HAS TO STEP UP.

AND PROVE THAT THEY CAN MOVE UP A NOTCH AMONG THE ELITE TEAMS IN THE MID-MAJORS.

GRANTED WE ARE ONLY EIGHT YEARS OLD, BUT IT'S TIME FOR US TO PUT A BIG OIL PANTS ON AND STEP UP AGAINST THE POWER FIVE TEAMS AND ESTABLISH OURSELVES.

BUT I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANY QUESTION ON THE COACHING THAT'S GOING ON IN THIS LEAGUE RIGHT NOW, THE CALIBER OF PLAY IN THIS LEAGUE.

CONFERENCE USA'S AS GOOD AS ANY OF THE OTHER CONFERENCES.

WE WILL FIND OUT.

ODU PLAYS GAMES AGAINST POWER FIVE SCHOOLS THIS SEASON.