Tuberville, Croom headline 14th annual Gridiron Kickoff
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A couple of former Southeastern Conference head football coaches headline the
schedule for the 14th annual Gridiron Kickoff, hosted by the Landmark Church.
Tommy Tuberville and Sylvester Croom will talk football and life at the men’s only event, scheduled for Aug. 8
at Landmark’s LIFEcenter. The church is located at 1800 Halcyon Boulevard behind Buddy Watson Park just off
Taylor Road in Montgomery. The cost is $15, which includes a barbecue dinner and a laminated SEC helmet
schedule. Tickets are limited and are available at the church office or online at www.landmarkchurch.net.
“This event continues to be a blessing for all of us at the church and the men in our community,” Landmark
senior minister Buddy Bell. “It began as a dream of our men’s ministry and has grown into one of the largest
men’s events in this part of the state. “Fellowship, fun and football will be a large part of the night, and many
men have been encouraged through the event to become better Christians, husbands and fathers. We’ve
found it’s a wonderful opportunity for fathers to attend with their sons.”
Tuberville coached at both Ole Miss and Auburn in the league, as well as serving stints at both Texas Tech and
Cincinnati. His longest tenure came at Auburn, where in 10 years he posted an 85-40 record, including the 13-
0 SEC championship season in 2004. He was the SEC coach of the year in both 1997 (Ole Miss) and 2004
(Auburn), and was the national coach of the year in 2004.
Croom, an All-American center for Paul “Bear” Bryant at Alabama in the early 1970s, became the first black
head coach in the SEC when Mississippi State hired him in 2004. He spent five seasons in Starkville, the
highlight coming in 2007 when his Bulldogs beat the Nick Saban-coached Crimson Tide en route to an 8-5
season and a victory in the Liberty Bowl. Croom also spent more than a quarter century as an assistant coach
in the National Football League.
Tuberville and Croom will join local sports radio hosts Charlie Trotman and Doug Amos to discuss the state of
college football and make some predictions on the 2019 season. Later, both will address those in attendance
about the challenges that come with coaching at the elite level.
The pair join a long list of respected speakers at the event, including ESPN’s Rece Davis, former Alabama head
coach Gene Stallings, Auburn chaplain Chette Williams, former Florida Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback
Danny Wuerfell, Brad McCoy, the father of former Texas star quarterback Colt McCoy, former Florida State
head coach Bobby Bowden, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, motivational speaker Dr. Kevin Elko, sports
broadcaster and former SMU running back Craig James, former Ohio State All-American linebacker Chris
Spielman, former LSU and current Kansas head coach Les Miles and former Super Bowl champion quarterback