Southland Conference kicks off unique 2021 season with Media Day

Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 8:26 PM CDT
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Houston, TX (KPLC) - College football season is right around the corner so it’s time for Media Days and the big question around the Southland Conference is the future of the league now that a number of schools like Sam Houston State and Lamar have departed.

“You know I think certainly we are at a challenging point right now and I think within every challenge there’s an opportunity and just like it’s happened before there’s an opportunity to build back the conference and that’s part of the sales pitch to others in our region,” said Southland Commissioner Tom Burnett. “Hey, we are going to be sound geographically. We are going to do the right things academically. We are going to be on television on a regular basis and we think those are some key selling points.”

Burnett said that while there isn’t a timeframe, within the next 30 to 60 days, the Southland should have a good sense of what the conference will look like in 2022.

As it pertains to this season, thanks to only six football-playing schools, the SLC, for the first time ever in modern college football, will play each other more than once in the regular season.

“You know I’m optimistic. I’m excited about playing this season with the two-team schedule and the three guys we are going to play twice a year kind of mimics that is the NFL, so I’m anxious to do that. It’ll be fun,” said McNeese coach Frank Wilson. “From that point on our President, Dr. Daryl Burckel has led the Southland Conference Presidents in their surge to assure us that we’ll be in a good place. I’m fully confident in him, as well as our commissioner of the Southland Conference and the rest of the presidents.”

No matter what’s next for the Southland Conference, McNeese is still be expected to be a key piece of the league.

“McNeese Athletics is a foundational member of this conference and had been for a long time. They are historically our all-time best football program as we know,” said Burnett. “We expect the Cowboys to be at or near the top again.”

Although, according to Thursday’s preseason poll, the Pokes are actually on the bottom half of the projected standings behind Southeastern, Nicholls and Incarnate Word.

With the season kicking off on September 4, we won’t have to wait long to see how it all plays out on the field.

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