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Thundering Herd excited for new-look Conference USA


PRINCETON (WVVA) – Thundering Herd coaches in town for Tuesday's caravan agreed  the new look Conference USA is an improvement for schools and fans.

Head football coach Doc Holliday and men's basketball coach Tom Herrion were among those representing the school at Tuesday evening's event at the Chuck Mathena Center in Princeton.

C-USA added teams such as Charlotte, and Old Dominion, which the coaches say makes Huntington a much more central spot in the conference, while giving fans in southern West Virginia relatively close options to see the Herd on the road.

"I think it's great for our school, our university, our athletic program as a whole and our basketball program. We lost some good programs but I think overall, we're adding good depth," Herrion said.

Financially, the shorter trips save the athletic department money. For fans, it makes traveling to road games much easier.

"Here in southern West Virginia, when we start playing Old Dominion and we start playing Charlotte, our fans can get there for Saturday football games," said Athletic Director Mike Hamrick.

"I think the conference has come back to us," head football coach Doc Holliday added. "What I mean by that is geographically -- Conference USA has come to us with the addition of Charlotte, Old Dominion, Middle Tennessee State and Western Kentucky."

The Chuck Mathena Center in Princeton hosted the Herd's visit to the region.

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