Birmingham, AL-The prelude to the 2012 football season kicked off in Birmingham, Alabama with the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Football media day. Members of the television, radio and print media from across the country came out for a first hand preview of the upcoming season. The SWAC welcomed two new head coaches to the conference including Texas Southern’s Darrell Asberry. Members of the media greeted coach Asberry like an old friend. They knew him from his head coaching days at Shaw University and they seemed to be excited to see him back in the SWAC…this time as a head coach rather than a player. Asberry had senior linebacker William Parker and junior offensive lineman Kenneth Hall by his side.
Coach Asberry knows he has his work cut out for him. No Tigers were selected to the 2012 Pre-Season All-SWAC Teams and TSU was picked to finish 5th in the West but Coach Asberry remains optimistic about his players and his team. “Those are just votes and people have their opinions. We are just going to prove ourselves because I know what these young can do,” Asberry said. “We are going to be disciplined and play hard. We are going to be fine.”
Texas Southern’s first game of the 2012 season will be the Labor Day Classic against Prairie View A&M on September 1st, at 7:00pm in Reliant Stadium. The Tigers’ first game in their new home, the BBVA Compass Stadium is September 15th at 7:30pm against Jackson State.
SWAC Commissioner Duer Sharp announced Toyota as the title sponsor for the 2012 SWAC football and the SWAC Men and Women’s basketball Championship Tournaments.