Head coach Carey Green will serve on the voting panel for the inaugural women's Mid-Major Top 25 poll this season.
Liberty head women's basketball coach Carey Green will serve on the 31-member voting panel for the inaugural women's Mid-Major Top 25 Poll, set to debut this season. The poll is a joint effort of CollegeInsider.com and the Atlantic Sun Conference. Green, in his 12th year at Liberty, is the lone Big South Conference representative on the panel. The women's Mid-Major Top 25 will be comprised of teams from the America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Great West, Horizon, Independents, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Summit, Sun Belt and West Coast Conference. "This is exciting for women's college basketball," said Green. "The women's Mid-Major Top 25 will provide great recognition and awareness for many exceptional women's basketball programs that have existed in the shadows for so many years." The women's Mid-Major Top 25 Poll will be released every Tuesday throughout the 2010-11 season, with the preseason rankings set to be announced on Oct. 26. "We are very excited to be working with the Atlantic Sun to help bring attention to deserving women's college basketball programs," said CollegeInsider.com co-founder Angela Lento. "This is something we have been looking at for a few years." CollegeInsider.com previously established the men's Mid-Major Top 25 in 1999, for the purpose of recognizing smaller schools throughout the regular season. Now entering its 12th season of existence, the men's Mid-Major Top 25 has become the measuring stick for programs outside of the proverbial power conferences. This past season, the top four teams in the final regular season men's Mid-Major Top 25 all advanced to the Sweet 16 (Butler, Cornell, Northern Iowa, St. Mary's). Butler, which advanced to the NCAA national championship game against Duke, was ranked No. 1 for most of the regular season. The Liberty men's basketball program is already quite familiar with CollegeInsider.com. The Flames were ranked inside the Mid-Major Top 25 for most of the 2008-09 season. Liberty then defeated Rider in the first game of the inaugural CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT), March 17, 2009 at the Vines Center.
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