After 11 episodes of No Longer Neighbors, I’m adding a second podcast to my plate. The premiere episode of Group of Five Live, part of the Landry Football Network, dropped Monday morning. This show will concentrate on the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, Mid-American Conference, Mountain West Conference, and Sun Belt Conference.
You’ll find it among shows focusing on the Power Five leagues by searching for Landry’s Football Conference Call wherever you consume podcasts.
The Group of Five has shrunk to the Group of Three this fall. The MAC announced its decision to cancel fall football on Aug. 8, with hopes of playing in the spring. The Mountain West did the same two days later. The lone exception is the Air Force Academy, as the Falcons will play its two games vs. service academy opponents this fall.
New episodes of Group of Five Live will be released every Monday and Friday. Each Monday, we’ll look back on the weekend and preview upcoming mid-week games. Fridays, we’ll look ahead to the Saturday slate.
This week, the Thursday schedule features two games:
Central Arkansas at UAB, 7 pm Central, ESPN3.
South Alabama at Southern Miss, 8 pm Central, CBSSN.
After the introduction, I’m joined by UAB radio color analyst Steve Irvine (3:59). If there’s any team and coach prepared to handle this crazy off-season, it’s the UAB Blazers and Bill Clark. The program was shut down in 2015 and 2016, only to be reborn in 2017. By 2018, the Blazers were Conference USA champions and Boca Raton Bowl winners.
Then you’ll hear my chat with South Alabama radio play-by-play broadcaster J.D. Byars (12:53). The Jaguars are coming off a 2-10 season and will face Southern Miss for the first time this week. After that, they’ll return home to Mobile for the grand opening of a new on-campus stadium, hosting Tulane on Sept. 12 in front of a 25% capacity crowd.