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Troy University coach Don Maestri has sat at the head of the Trojans' bench for 23 years. He's been around the block a few times.
So it didn't take him long to figure out which sport on campus was jumping in the deepest water when the Trojans left the Atlantic Sun Conference for the Sun Belt Conference. Nor did he have to be informed that the Sun Belt finished 12th in conference RPI last year.
"That's a big jump from the Atlantic Sun," Maestri said. "I don't know a lot specifically about the personnel in the Sun Belt, but I know it's always good top to bottom. That'll be the biggest difference from the Atlantic Sun. In this league, you're going to get beat a lot on the road because there aren't any bad teams."