Georgia Southern is favored to win a second straight title, based on the conference’s preseason poll of 11 head coaches. Louisiana Lafayette and Arkansas State also received first-place votes. Georgia Southern had 110 points, followed by Louisiana Lafayette (108), Arkansas State (96), Appalachian State (82), Texas State (78), South Alabama (68), Louisiana Monroe (59), Troy (39), Georgia State (32), New Mexico State (30) and Idaho (24). The Sun Belt media days begin Monday in New Orleans.
IDAHO STATE SOFTBALL: Julie Wright, who led the Bengals for five seasons and a 126-129 record, is the new head coach at Maryland. The Bengals won three straight Big Sky regular-season titles under Wright.
NORTHWEST NAZARENE MEN’S BASKETBALL: The Crusaders added three transfers: Kyle Bailey (Biola), Dylan Brink (Olivet Nazarene) and Marko Lepovic (Modesto JC).