SWAC Media Day takes center stage in Birmingham

SWAC Media Day takes center stage in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM (WLBT) - The SWAC kicked off talking season on Friday. All 10 schools are in Birmingham for Media Day. The return of the SWAC Championship is a big talking point.

"It's always good for the players in the conference, and the fanbase and fans as well," said Alcorn State head coach Fred McNair. "Just to have the SWAC Championship back in Birmingham, it means a lot. It's something that's ours. I just think to have that come back, be a part of that in Birmingham is a great honor."

Jackson State head coach Tony Hughes is excited. "Tremendous, tremendous opportunity for our players because it gives them hope. It doesn't matter how you start, but if you're in the grind of a season it gives them hope that they can still have an opportunity to win a East Division title and play for a SWAC Championship."

First year Mississippi Valley head coach Vincent Dancy experienced the SWAC Championship as a player at JSU. "Oh man, that's where it started for me. I think it's great especially, as long as it's a great venue for the players. I'm all about Birmingham, as long as it's good for the players, I'm with it."

Vicksburg native & Grambling LB De'Arius Christmas was named the SWAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. He loves the opportunity for a three-peat. "It's a relief. I don't think it would've been no fun if we didn't have a game. It's a special deal, you know? I'm glad it came back."

Alcorn State RB P.J. Simmons was named the SWAC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year.

Alcorn State was picked to win the SWAC East Division for the 5th consecutive season. Jackson State is picked to finish 3rd, Mississippi Valley 5th.

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