Conference USA asking for financial relief

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Conference USA is in the headlines this week for a couple different reasons, both Coronavirus related.

For one, the league is one of five major football conferences that acted in unison by sending a letter to the NCAA on behalf of all 350 Division I schools. The letter is dated April 10th by league commissioners of the American Athletic Conference, Mountain West Conference, Mid-American Conference, Sun Belt Conference, and C-USA.

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It’s purpose is requesting a more relaxed standard to compete in Division I for four years including the number of sports a school must sponsor which is currently 16.

The leagues are also looking for the NCAA to lift rules regarding the minimum amount of grant-in aid given to athletes, average football attendance, and the minimum number of total and home games played.

Secondly, C-USA is reportedly in talks over adjusting its league scheduling methods and the possibility of going to two divisions. As of now, football and softball are the only sports that have east and west division.

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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at jhaeger@wxxv25.com.

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