2018 Speakers and Dates

Monday - August 27 - Kickoff meeting at Talton's River House

John Longshore and Barry McKnight - Sports Radio Host  

As co-host of radio talk show, “Sports Line with Longshore and McKnight” John and Barry bring over 20 years of sports analysis and sportscasting to the Club. John is known to have a Crimson view, as a sports analyst for Alabama News Network. Barry is also the play-by-play radio voice of the Troy Trojans on Troy Sports Radio Network.  

Monday - September 10 - Tommy Tuberville

Tommy Tubberville - Former Head Coach Auburn University 

Tommy has served as Head Football Coach at the University of Mississippi, Auburn University, Texas Tech University, and University of Cincinnati. After Auburn’s 13-0 record in 2004, he was the recipient of the Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp, and Bear Bryant national Coach of the Year awards. In 2015 he was the President of the American Football Coaches Association. He is now employed with ESPN as a color analyst for college football.

September 24 - Sherman Williams - Father Son/Daughter Night

Sherman Williams


As a senior at Blount High School, Sherman became the 1st running back in Alabama prep history to rush for over 3000 yards. He lead his team to the Class 5A state title. He was a member of the 1992 National Championship Alabama team, and as a senior, rushed for 1341 yards (2nd in school history). He was named All SEC and 2nd team All-American before becoming the 2nd round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys, and became part of the Super Bowl XXX Championship Team. He and former Alabama and NFL kick return specialist, David Palmer now operate the Palmer-Williams Group, which assist disadvantaged children. 

Monday - October 8 - Ben Tamburello

Ben Tamburello -   Former Auburn Univ. and Philadelphia Eagles Center

Ben was heavily recruited by “Bear” Bryant but decided to play for Auburn. Following an outstanding career at Auburn, where he was named a unanimous All-American, team captain, and 1986 SEC Lineman of the Year, he was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles, where he played for five seasons. He is now active in Birmingham real estate sales. 

Monday - October 22 - Jake Coker

Jake Coker - Former University of AL and Arizona Cardinal QB 

Rated as the 18th best pro-style quarterback in the 2010 class, Jake committed to Florida State University. In 2014 he transferred to the Univ. of AL as a FSU graduate. He helped Alabama win the 2016 National Championship Playoff Game. He was the starting QB for the South team in the 2016 Senior Bowl. With a knee injury which occurred at FSU, he signed as a free agent with the Arizona Cardinals. In 2017, after another knee surgery, and being unable to fully recover, he announced his retirement from football.

Monday - November 5 - Jeremy McClain

 Jeremy McClain -  Troy University, Athletic Director

Jeremy earned his MBA from Delta State University, and following graduation played five years of professional baseball. He was named Troy University’s Director of Athletics in 2015, following three years as Deputy Director of Athletics at Southern Mississippi. His first two years at Troy have been outstanding, with Troy becoming the first Sun Belt Conference school to be ranked nationally, and the only school in the country in 2016-17 to win a bowl game and have their men’s and women’s basketball teams win their respective conference tournaments.  Additionally, the Troy golf teams both advanced to NCAA postseason play. 

Monday - November 12 - Holly Rowe - Ladies Night

Holly Rowe 

Holly has been with ESPN since 1998 in the capacity of a full-time college football sideline reporter. In that capacity, she has been part of many regular season and post-season bowls. With ESPN, she has also been a play-by-play broadcaster of women’s college basketball and volleyball games. As part of the ESPN broadcast team, she has also covered Running of the Bulls, World Cup matches, NBA and WNBA basketball, and college softball. Before joining ESPN, Holly was a broadcaster with Fox Sports. 

Monday, November 19 - Lauren Sisler - Big Ticket & Scholarship Night

Lauren Sisler  

Lauren is a national award-winning sports broadcaster who joined ESPN and SEC Network in 2016 as a sideline reporter for both football and gymnastics. In 2017 she added the role of reporter for SEC Nation, SEC Network’s traveling pre-game college football show. She also serves as a football reporter for AL.com. She is passionate about telling the stories of coaches, athletes, and fans who make football more than a game.