NEWPORT, RI — The American Athletic Conference football media gathering begins today with golf at Newport National in the afternoon, weather permitting, and a clambake beside Narragansett Bay in the evening.
The AAC coaches and selected players will do television interviews before the multi-course meal.
East Carolina coach Scottie Montgomery was expected to bring linebacker Bruce Bivens, receiver Trevon Brown, offensive tackle Garrett McGhin and defensive lineman Alex Turner for the preseason event.
Improvement will be a goal for the Pirates after a pair of 3-9 seasons under Montgomery.
Rain fell in the area late Sunday afternoon.
Kevin Negandhi of ESPN returns as moderator for the coaches roundtable discussions on Tuesday.
AAC commissioner Mike Aresco will open the program Tuesday with remarks.
The league will release its preseason poll on Tuesday morning.
This will be the fifth year Bonesville has staffed the gathering. The preseason sessions likely will be relocating when the AAC offices move from Providence, RI, to Dallas in 2020.