At the start of the event, the conference welcomed members of the city of Bedford Recreation Department. In addition, Bedford City Manager Chuck Barnett addressed the media and those in attendance representing the SWJCFC.
Kevin Fralicks, who serves as the Director of Leisure Services with the city of Bedford and doubles as the Red River Bowl Game Director, introduced his staff of workers who make the Red River Bowl possible each season.
Blinn College head football coach Everett Todd, representing the SWJCFC as the president of the coaches, made a short address to the all of the coaches and media attending the event. Todd also introduced the only new head coach of the conference, Ranger's Ken Stephens.
Following the tradition of the media day event, each coach stepped up to the podium and gave a brief overview of his team. As usual, the defending conference champion was the first in line. This year it was Tyler's Dale Carr, whose team knocked off Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, 23-21, in last season's thrilling Red River Bowl.
NEO drove the length of the field in the waning moments of the contest, only to miss a 21-yard field goal attempt in the final seconds, thus preserving the win for Carr's Apaches.
But perhaps the most intriguing speech came about midway through the team overviews when Navarro College head coach Chuck Lawrence scolded Kansas junior colleges for avoiding Texas teams.
"I've said it before and I'll say it again," Lawrence said. "We play in the toughest junior college football conference in the world. There's no other conference anywhere that can compete with us and they won't play us.
"I'm still mad that Kansas has three or four teams in the top 25 and nobody in Kansas will play a team in Texas. It makes me mad and I'm still mad. I called Butler (County), I called Coffeyville and I called Garden City and I called Western Arizona and they will not play Navarro. And I want it known that Navarro will play any of those teams anywhere, anytime and we will kick their butts."
The highest-ranking member in the NJCAA Football Preseason Top 25 poll is No. 5-ranked Tyler. NEO is ranked No. 14 and Navarro is No. 18. Both Blinn and Trinity Valley received votes.
As for Kansas colleges, Garden City is ranked No. 3, Butler County is No. 9, Coffeyville is No. 20 and Hutchinson is No. 24.
Although Lawrence was a tough act to follow, the remaining coaches finished up the overviews of their respective teams before Todd thanked those attending the event. The coaches then conducting their coaches meeting behind closed doors.
2001 Southwest Junior College Football Conference
Points based on 10 points for 1st, 9 for 2nd, 8 for 3rd, 7 for 4th, 6 for 5th, 5 for 6th, 4 for 7th.
Coaches did not vote for themselves.