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Bama Wraps Up Practice; Homecoming Festivities Begin


Thursday, October 17, 2002

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --  The Alabama Crimson Tide practiced for 75 minutes Thursday afternoon in helmets and shorts, putting the finishing touches on its gameplan for Saturday's Homecoming game with the Ole Miss Rebels.

While Alabama head coach Dennis Franchione did not say much about the day's practice, he did mention that there "is a strong likelihood" that Lane Bearden would punt for the Crimson Tide on Saturday against Ole Miss.

The Crimson Tide and Rebels will kickoff at 2:34 p.m. (CT) on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium in a nationally-televised game by CBS Sports.


The many faithful alums and friends will return to campus this week to help the University of Alabama celebrate Homecoming 2002 at the Capstone this weekend.  Homecoming on the Quad presented by the National Alumni Association and the Alabama Student Government Association with this year's theme "Reflections,"  on Oct. 19, 2002.  The annual Homecoming Parade begins at 9 a.m. and the NAA quad stage will feature entertainment beginning at 10 a.m.  For more information call the Alabama Alumni Association at (205) 348-5963 or logon to the homecoming website at

The remaining schedule of events is as follows:

Friday, October 18
Quad Games (UA Quad) (1-4 PM)
Lawn and Boat Judging (1 PM)
Road and River Relay (2 PM)
Alabama Cavaliers (6-6:45 PM)
Homecoming Pep Rally & Bonfire (7 PM)
Homecoming Concert with Lynard Skynard on the Quad (8 PM)
Dance under the Big Top (9-10 PM)

Saturday, October 19
Homecoming Parade (9 AM)
Homecoming on the Quad (9:30 AM)
Lunch under the Big Top (11 AM)
Elephant Stomp (1:30 PM)
Ole Miss at Alabama (2:30 PM)
Homecoming Queen crowned at halftime

*Former Alabama All-American and NFL All-Pro defensive tackle Bob Baumhower will serve as the Grand Marshall for the 2002 Alabama Homecoming Parade.   A Tuscaloosa native, Baumhower played defensive tackle for Coach Paul Bryant from 1974-76, earning first-team All-SEC and second-team All-America honors in 1975 and 1976.  He later starred with the Miami Dolphins and was a member of the Dolphins famed "Killer Bs" on defense.  Baumhower is presently the owner of Bob Baumhower's Wing's Sports Grille restaurant chain in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile and Tallahassee, Fla.

*Baumhower led Alabama in tackles in both 1975 (85) and 1976 (93).  In his three-year career, Baumhower recorded 246 career stops, including 28 TFLs.  IN 1975, he was named ABC "Player of the Game" after a 13-tackle performance in the Crimson Tide's 28-0 win over Auburn at Legion Field.