A huge week for football fans

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: July 18, 2009

SWAC BIRMINGHAM — The SWAC kicks off the upcoming 2009 football season with its annual youth football clinic, media day interviews, and kickoff luncheon.

The 6th Annual Youth Football Clinic will take place Monday, July 20 at Legion Field from 9-11 a.m. The free event is slated for Birmingham and Jefferson County youth in grades K – 8. Coaches from eight SWAC schools will facilitate drills at the event, including four head coaches: Alabama A&M’s Anthony Jones, Alcorn State’s Earnest Collins, Mississippi Valley State’s Willie Totten, and Texas Southern’s Johnnie Cole.

A free SWAC 2009 football t-shirt and lunch will provided to the first 300 clinic participants. Registration begins at Legion Field, Lot J entrance. (All participants must have a release form signed by parent or guardian to participate.)

There will also be special SWAC giveaways after the clinic.

On Tuesday, July 21 the SWAC will hold its annual Media Day & Kickoff Luncheon at the Cahaba Grand Convention Center in Birmingham.

The football media day activities will begin at 9 a.m. as head coaches and players from all Conference teams will be available for interviews.

For the first time ever, fans can listen to a live webcast of SWAC Media Day beginning at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday on the official SWAC website, www.swac.org.

The free webcast will feature team previews and interviews with all head coaches and players.

At 11:30 a.m. fans can have lunch with coaches and players at the SWAC Kickoff Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. The 2009 preseason All-SWAC teams, Preseason players of the year, and predicted order of finish will be announced during the luncheon.

There will also be a tribute to former Alcorn State QB Steve McNair, who passed away earlier this month.

A limited number of tickets for the kickoff luncheon are available to the public for $30 and can be obtained by contacting the Conference office at (205) 251-7573 or at the Cahaba Grand Convention Center on Tuesday prior to the luncheon.