By McNeese SID Matthew Bonnette
LAKE CHARLES – The 2014 football season officially gets underway for the Southland Conference on Wednesday when the league head coaches and select players convene at the L’Auberge Resort for the annual SLC Football Media Day event.
Fans will be able to watch the event live on ESPN3 beginning at 8:35 a.m. and running through 4 p.m.
McNeese head coach Matt Viator will be joined by senior players Antoine Everett and Everett Ellefsen and will take the ESPN3 stage at 4:10.
The day will kick-of at 8 a.m. with announcements by Burnett that will include the revealing of the preseason coaches and sports information directors polls. This will be followed by a podium-style press conference involving all 11 Southland football playing members beginning with Nicholls at 8:35.
A luncheon will be held from noon-1 p.m. This is where Paul Ridings, the SID at Sam Houston State, will be awarded the annual Louis Bonnette Sports Media Award which is named after Bonnette who served 46 years as the McNeese SID before retiring in 2012.
McNeese returns 16 starters from last year’s team that finished 10-3 overall, 6-1 in league play, and played in the second round of the FCS playoffs. The Cowboys are expected to be a high selection in the polls.
Last week, 10 Cowboys were named to the preseason all-conference team including Everett and Ellefsen.
The Cowboys report for fall camp on August 7 and will kick-off the season on September 6 at Nebraska.
SLC Football Media Day ESPN3 Schedule
8:35 – SLC Commissioner Tom Burnett
9:10 – Nicholls
9:45 – Incarnate Word
10:20 – Central Arkansas
10:55 – Abilene Christian
11:30 – Southeastern Louisiana
1:15 – Houston Baptist
1:50 – Sam Houston State
2:25 – Northwestern State
3:00 – Lamar
3:35 – Stephen F. Austin