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Bama Finishes Practice Work with 14th Spring Practice


Tide will complete spring work with A-Day Game on Saturday
Thursday, April 11, 2002

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --- The Alabama Crimson Tide football team finished its final work on the practice fields Thursday afternoon, the 14th practice of the spring.  The shortened session was spent inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Building.

The Tide's 15th and final spring session will be Saturday afternoon at 2:30 in Bryant-Denny Stadium in the annual A-Day game. 

"I think overall we've had a good spring," Tide coach Dennis Franchione said, "and with the exception of a couple of practices, we have gotten a lot done.  Today's practice was pretty good, a lot better than we would have had in here last year."

Franchione was referring to the new AstroPlay turf that was recently installed in the indoor building, the same surface on which the Tide played in December's Independence Bowl.

"We haven't had a chance to work on that turf and I didn't want to go into fall practices not having been on the surface," Franchione added.

Here is a complete schedule for this weekend's activities:

7 p.m. -George Teague Charity Basketball Tournament at Tuscaloosa County High
7 p.m. - Concert "On the Strip" featuring the Atlanta Rhythm Section and
               Bad Company

9-11 a.m. - Fan Day at Coleman Coliseum
Noon-1:30 p.m. - 1992 Team Reunion on the Quad
1 p.m. -      Gates open on West Side Bryant-Denny Stadium. 
                    First 1,000 children receive free "Big Al" Bobble-Head Doll
2:15 p.m. - Walk-of-Fame at Bryant-Denny
2:30 p.m. - A-Day Kickoff