Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee State Athletic Department has announced that the 2013 John Merritt Press Conference will be held on Thursday, Aug. 22 at LP Field.
The event will start at 11 a.m. and feature the Athletic Directors from both TSU and Bethune-Cookman as well as the Tigers’ head coach Rod Reed.
This year’s press conference will come nine days before the 15th John Merritt Classic on Sept. 1 and will allow both sides to give an update to their team’s progress during spring and fall practices.
TSU’s opener will be the first test on the road to building off of last year’s 8-3 record that included a road victory over BCU on Sept. 22.
The Tigers return 18 starters from 2012 including all 11 from the Ohio Valley Conference’s top-ranked defense. TSU also brings back Preseason All-American tight end A.C. Leonard and cornerback Stephen Godbolt III.
In last season’s John Merritt Classic, the Tigers defeated the Rattlers of Florida A&M, 17-14, thanks to a pair of goal-line stands made by the Big Blue defense.
TSU is 10-4 all-time in John Merritt Classic games.