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Among the many new players whom Southern Conference teams will welcome in the days ahead are numerous transfers from major bowl subdivision programs.

"Every year I bet we entertain at least 50 inquiries about transfers," Furman coach Bobby Lamb said during Tuesday's SoCon preseason media teleconference.

The Paladins signed two transfers from major programs: wide receiver Tyler Maples from Tennessee and former UCLA quarterback Chris Forcier. Lamb said for most transfers, especially quarterbacks, the decision to leave boils down to one thing, playing time.

"(Quarterback) is the one position, as we all know, where only one can play (at a time)," Lamb said.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has signed three transfers since the end of spring practice, most notably quarterback B.J. Coleman, the former McCallie standout who left Tennessee in May.

At The Citadel, bringing in a transfer is a much different matter than anywhere else in the SoCon, Bulldogs coach Kevin Higgins said. New students at The Citadel, whether they are freshmen or older, still have to go through the demands of the cadets' knob (first) year.

"The bottom line is that it's going to be tough for those guys to make the transition," Higgins said.

The Citadel did sign a couple of transfers during the offseason. One, tight end B.J. Phillips, has already graduated from North Carolina and is working on his MBA. Phillips was star Bulldogs receiver Andre Roberts' quarterback at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C. Postgraduate transfers don't have to wear cadet uniforms or go through the knob experience.

Mocs to have asterisk

In the SoCon standings this season, UTC will have an asterisk by its name to denote that is ineligible to win the championship, commissioner John Iamarino said. The Mocs were banned from postseason play in 2009 by the NCAA in the spring for poor historical APR performance.

Watching pennies

Tuesday's teleconference was a cost-cutting move by the league, replacing the annual media day in which the coach and two players from each team gathered to meet with the media.

Iamarino speculated that the change saved as much as $16,000. It was part of the overall cost containment measures that the SoCon implemented in February, which could save as much as $140,000.

Eagles split practices

Georgia Southern's players won't go through two-a-days during the first three days of practice, but the coaches will.

Eagles coach Chris Hatcher said the team will be split into two groups, veterans and newcomers, and the new players will practice in the morning and the older players will go in the afternoon. Hatcher said he does it to get more reps for everyone and so he and his staff can take a closer look at the new players.

ASU is media's pick

Like the SoCon's coaches, the league's media representatives picked Appalachian State to win the conference championship. And like the coaches, the media think UTC will finish last.

The Mountaineers received 46 of 48 first-place votes. Elon was picked to finish second, followed by Wofford, Georgia Southerm Furman, Samford, The Citadel, Western Carolina and UTC. Elon and Georgia Southern received the other two first-place votes.

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