The Sumter Touchdown Club presented by FTC has secured five of the state's college football head coaches as speakers for its 12 breakfast meetings for its 28th season.
The club will hold its meetings that begin at 7:15 a.m. at the University of …
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The club will hold its meetings that begin at 7:15 a.m. at the University of South Carolina Sumter this year. They were held at Swan Lake Visitors Center last year, but it is unavailable due to the repaving of the Swan Lake-Iris Gardens parking lot.
The first meeting will be held on Aug. 30 with the final meeting set for Nov. 15.
The opening meeting will feature the traditional roundtable discussion by the local head coaches followed by a question-and-answer session.
The head coaches slated to speak are Wofford College's Josh Conklin on Sept. 6, South Carolina State's Buddy Pough on Sept. 27, Furman's Clay Hendrix on Oct. 11, Coastal Carolina's Jamey Chadwell on Oct. 25 and The Citadel's Brent Thompson on Nov. 8.
Atlantic Coast Conference replay official Penn Wagers is scheduled for Sept. 20. The other three secured spots are with media personalities. Heath Cline of WNKT-FM 107.5 The Game is scheduled for Oct. 18, former South Carolina quarterback and longtime USC radio color analyst Tommy Suggs is set for Nov. 1 and sports radio host and recruiting columnist Phil Kornblut on Nov. 15.
Speakers have yet to be determined for Sept. 13 and Oct. 4.
Every week the coaches of the 17 schools in the 5-county area of Sumter, Clarendon, Lee, Florence and Williamsburg will have the opportunity to nominate a player for Player of the Week in each of four categories - offense, defense, offensive lineman and special teams. The players of the week will be chosen by The Sumter Item sports staff in each category.
At the end of the year an offensive, defensive, lineman and special teams player award will be given out as well as an academic honor from each school chosen by their respective coaches.
Membership to the club is open to the public. The fee is $100 per year and includes a full buffet breakfast prepared by Shoney's each week along with the ability to participate in all that the TD club offers. Those interested in sponsoring can do so for $200 per year.
For those interested in becoming a member, go to www.sumtertdclub.com and click on the membership form.
For more information, go to the website or call Lee Glaze at (803) 968-0773 or Talmadge Tobias at (803) 491-4573.
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