Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee State athletic department held the John Merritt Press Conference on Thursday morning at LP Field in preparation of Big Blue’s game against Bethune-Cookman on Sept. 1.
The event started with Howard Gentry welcoming the crowd of approximately 100 and introducing the emcee of the conference, Hope Hines.
Hines then opened the floor for TSU Director of Athletics Teresa Phillips to speak followed by Bethune-Cookman’s AD Lynn Thompson. The two exchanged playful barbs, but the amount of respect for each other’s program was evident.
Tiger head coach Rod Reed spoke next before BCU’s sports information director Bryan Harvey concluded the conference.
Reed and Thompson were later interviewed by a handful of Nashville’s media members and then lunch was provided by Jack’s BBQ.
The Tigers will square off against the Wildcats on Sunday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. at LP Field for the first game of the 2013 season.