LAKE CHARLES, La. — Finding an electrical outlet to plug my laptop into in this very nice resort hotel has been an adventure.

I think the name of this resort, La’berge du lac actually translates to "good luck finding plug-in."

My suggestion. If you have electronics on a road trip (even at nice venues) and can’t go on battery power, take up yoga.

There was plenty of electricity of another type Tuesday.

It was Southland Conference Media Day, where positive charges far outweigh any negative.

The folks here, like many across the country, can hardly wait for the start of football season. Anything that relates to fooball right now creates its own dynamics.

There is special type of excitement in the SLC this season.

One of its members, Sam Houston State, played for the NCAA FCS title last season. The University of Central Arkansas reached the second round.

The Bearkats, unbeaten until the title game last year, return a solid squad but have had some assistant coaching changes that could affect the dynamics.

The Bears return the bulk of their team. If their quarterbacking comes on strong ...

Stephen F. Austin, hardly ever short of talent, has an impressive group.

McNeese State seems ready to again challenge the front runners.

Southeastern Louisiana has a new coach with a strong success record at Delta State. What many consider to be a sleeping giant may be about to awaken.

Northwestern State could be a dangerous team.

There is confidence and a strong sense of progression at Lamar.

Nicholls State is ready to enter a new phase of its rebuilding program.

The league has a new television contract plus a digital media setup that mirrors what you see at the top NCAA FBS leagues.

Expansion is on the horizon. Houston Baptist begins play next year and the league is exploring the option of adding Abilene Christian, Incarnate World and New Orleans, which could add an interesting scope.

I think this may be the craziest and most competitive SLC season in several years and that’s saying a lot.

The electricity generated could prove shocking.

(Sports columnist David MCCollum can be reached at 505-1235 or