Haase, Smith Participate at Conference USA Media Day

Audra Smith leads UAB into 2012-13 behind three straight winning seasons.

Oct. 9, 2012

IRVING, Texas – UAB men’s basketball coach Jerod Haase and women’s basketball coach Audra Smith were on hand Tuesday for the 2012-13 Conference USA Basketball Media Day.

The league’s head coaches met with media at the Fox Sports studios in Irving, Texas, not far from conference headquarters, to discuss the upcoming season, which tips off next month.

Fans can access live streaming of the coaches’ press conference on Tuesday on the C-USA Digital Network. All-Access subscribers can log on for a morning session that begins at 9:30 a.m. CT and an afternoon session at 12:30 p.m. CT.

A complete C-USA Digital Network schedule is as follows:

Morning Session (All Times Central and Approximate)
9:30 am - East Carolina Head Women's Basketball Coach Heather Macy
9:35 am - Marshall Coaches Tom Herrion & Matt Daniel
9:50 am - Memphis Coaches Josh Pastner & Melissa McFerrin
10:05 am - Southern Miss Coach Donnie Tyndall & Joye Lee-McNelis
10:20 am - UAB Coaches Jerod Haase & Audra Smith
10:35 am - UCF Coach Donnie Jones & Joi Williams

Afternoon Session (All Times Central and Approximate)
12:30 pm - Houston Coaches James Dickey & Todd Buchanan
12:45 pm - Rice Coaches Ben Braun & Greg Williams
1:00 pm - SMU Coaches Larry Brown & Rhonda Rompola
1:15 pm - Tulane Coaches Ed Conroy & Lisa Stockton
1:30 pm - Tulsa Coach Danny Manning & Matilda Mossman
1:45 pm - UTEP Head Coach Tim Floyd & Keitha Adams

Haase, who is entering his first season with the Blazers, welcomes back seven letterwinners, including three starters, from last year's team that finished fifth in the C-USA standings. Junior guard Jordan Swing is the team's leading returning scorer after averaging 11.2 points per game in 2011-12. The Birmingham, Ala., native also led the team in three-point shooting (38.7 percent) and free throw shooting (84.5 percent). In all, UAB brings back its top three shooters from beyond the arc and six of the top eight scorers from last season's squad. 



The men’s squad will kick the season off in grand fashion with "Hoops On The Haase-Phalt", which is a preseason outdoor extravaganza set for Oct. 19. The season will tipoff on Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. with an exhibition contest against North Alabama. For more information on Hoops On The Haase-Phalt, CLICK HERE.

After compiling a 19-11 (9-7 C-USA) record and third-place finish the league last year, the UAB women will have a new look this season, as the squad returns just three starters and welcomes eight newcomers to the squad.

In the recently released Preseason Conference USA Coaches’ Poll, the Blazers were predicted to finish third in the C-USA, as voted on by the league head coaches. UAB has set school and Conference USA records for scoring defense in each of the past two seasons, allowing 55.3 points per game in 2010-11 and a remarkable 49.1 points per contest in 2011-12. Last year's scoring defense mark ranked third in the nation, behind only Connecticut and Hampton.

The women’s squad will open their 2012-13 campaign with a two-game exhibition slate when they host Brewton-Parker on Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. CT before welcoming UAH on Nov. 5 for a 7 p.m. CT tipoff. UAB will open regular season play on Nov. 9 at home against Austin Peay at Noon CT.