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Alabama sets dates for A-Day, homecoming

The University of Alabama has determined the A-Day Game will be April 20, while homecoming for the 2013 football season will be Oct. 5.

ESPN2 will televise the A-Day Game. A-Day is the 15th and final practice of the spring with kickoff from Bryant-Denny Stadium scheduled for 2 p.m. Admission will be free. More information about additional activities, traffic and parking will be available later.

Alabama leads the nation in spring game attendance over the last six years with a total of 516,536 fans and an average of 86,089 during that period. The largest A-Day crowd in school history came in 2011 (92,310). In head coach Nick Saban’s first year of 2007, the stadium was at full capacity before expansion (92,138).

Homecoming will be Oct. 5 against Georgia State at Bryant-Denny Stadium. More information will be available later.

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Homecoming video from 1966

This video is from the Bryant Museum, and it’s worth watching. It was shot Nov. 12, 1966, when Alabama beat South Carolina 24-0 to improve to 8-0.

You’ll see a good bit of Bear Bryant … before he wore a houndstooth hat. You also will see actor Jim Nabors, a university graduate who at the time was starring in the popular television show, “Gomer Pyle: USMC.”

Early in the video, you’ll see a much different looking Big Al than Alabama has today. The one from 1966 looks a little like it was put together by a middle school art class.

Maybe the most interesting part of the video is some shots taken from a plane that flew over what was known as Denny Stadium at the time. It wasn’t renamed Bryant-Denny Stadium until 1975. There was no upper deck in 1966, although seating was added to the end zone that year, increasing capacity from 43,000 to 59,000.

Those shots from the plane also give you a nice view of the area around the stadium. That looks a little different from how it is now, too.

Video of Alabama homecoming parade

Here is the video of the Alabama homecoming parade shot on Greensboro Avenue near the corner of University Boulevard. Now it’s time to head to Bryant-Denny Stadium. Did I mention the weather is immaculate once again?

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Video from pep rally, bonfire

The headline says it all. Here is the pep rally with master of ceremonies Eli Gold, cheerleaders, marching band, Nick Saban, football players and the crowning of the homecoming queen.

 

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Photos from pep rally, bonfire

Take a look at these photos I shot from Friday night’s pep rally and bonfire. Video from the event coming in the morning. Check back then.

Homecoming pep rally and bonfire

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The schedule of homecoming events this weekend

Drive around the UA campus and you’ll know right away it’s homecoming week. It’s reaching the climax, so here’s a quick list of festivities remaining if you’re going to be in Tuscaloosa for the weekend.

  • The bonfire and pep rally starts at 7 p.m. today near the library on the quad. I saw them stacking wood in the middle of the quad yesterday. Not quite the pile they make at Texas A&M, but it should burn. The homecoming queen will also be announced at the event.
  • The NPHC step show is at Foster Auditorium at 8 p.m. I’ve never been to the one here, but I have no doubt it’ll be entertaining. For tickets, click here.
  • The parade starts at noon Saturday on Greensboro Avenue and continuing on University Boulevard.  First responders to the April 27 will be the grand marshals.
  • The rest of Saturday’s schedule should follow the traditional game day routine.
  • Click here for the map of the quad set up for homecoming activities.

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Alabama sets A-Day, homecoming dates

It’s never too early to mark the calendar for those all-important football dates. Alabama released two of note this afternoon.

A-Day is set for Saturday, April 16. Kickoff is tentatively scheduled for 2 p.m., but that could change if ESPN comes back to televise its third straight Alabama spring game.

Homecoming will be Oct. 8 when Vanderbilt comes to Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Bigger issues facing Ole Miss

While Alabama prepares for a homecoming date with Ole Miss, there are very important decisions to be made.

Land Shark?

Black Bear?

Hotty Totty?

Since the Rebel mascot was retired a few years back, there was one fewer costumed, goofball on the sidelines. But Ole Miss is close to choosing the Rebel replacement with online voting that ends today.

Students, alumni, and other specified stakeholders in the legacy of athletics in Oxford have until 5 p.m. today to vote between the land shark, black bear or hotty totty to be their new representative.

No, Admiral Ackbar did not make the final round of voting.

To see a visual representation of what could be roaming the sidelines of an SEC stadium near you, check out Clarion-Ledger beat writer Kyle Veazey’s Ole Miss blog by clicking here. If you want to see the official mascot selection committee site, just click this link.

Homecoming kickoff for Ole Miss game is …

… not what the university will like. A year after being forced to play a 7 p.m. game on homecoming, this year’s version will start even later at 8 p.m. against Ole Miss.

The television networks announced that decision just a little bit ago after waiting to see the results of this past Saturday’s games.

The game will be televised on ESPN2. Click the “continue reading” button to see the entire SEC television assignment list.

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