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Business as usual: SWAC features 4 new coaches

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 15, 2014 at 3:49 pm •  Published: August 15, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Mississippi Valley's Rick Comegy joked with his new players during Southwestern Athletic Conference Media Days earlier this summer, seemingly oblivious that his previous employer and players were sitting just a few feet away.

It didn't take long for the former Jackson State coach, who was scooped up by the Delta Devils during the offseason after the Tigers fired him, to get comfortable in his new surroundings.

The scene could have been a little awkward. But in the turbulent world of SWAC football, it really didn't seem that strange.

Four out of the SWAC's 10 coaches are new this season and Alabama State's Reggie Barlow — who is entering his 8th season with the Hornets — is the league's longest tenured. He says a more patience with coaches might be beneficial.