AP Sports Writer
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Elon coach Matt Matheny hopes to make his final season in the Southern Conference a memorable one.
Matheny has been part of the nearly century-old league since 1991 when he played football and basketball at Davidson. He stuck around when Wildcats basketball coach Bob McKillop hired him as an assistant and been coaching ever since, the last four leading the Phoenix.
Matheny's team was picked earlier this month to finish ahead of his old boss McKillop atop the changing, 11-team league. The College of Charleston left this season for the Colonial Athletic Association. Elon joins the Cougars there next fall. Appalachian State and Georgia Southern will head to the Sun Belt Conference next year. Two-time defending SoCon champion Davidson moves to the Atlantic 10 Conference next year.
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