Countdown to Kickoff
Tide Wraps Up Practice; Heads to Knoxville to Face Tennessee


Thursday, October 24, 2002

Mark Anderson
Mark Anderson

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama wrapped up its preparation for Saturday's annual meeting with Tennessee with a ninety-minute workout in helmets and shorts Thursday afternoon.

The Crimson Tide will conduct a brief walk through on Friday in Tuscaloosa before departing for Knoxville.  Upon arrival in Knoxville, the team will visit Neyland Stadium but will not work out on UT's campus.

"We had a good Thursday with some more good work," Alabama head coach Dennis Franchione said.  "We worked against crowd noise again and worked on our communication.  All-in-all it was a good workout and a good finish to a good week of preparation.  All week, we had good concentration, good focus and good attention to detail."

Franchione said that Alabama would take three kickers (Brian Bostick, Kyle Robinson and Michael Ziifle) to the Tennessee game, along with punter Lane Bearden.

This will be Franchione's first game as a coach at UT's Neyland Stadium, but not his first ever appearance.

"I have never played there, but I have been there," he said.  "I saw Tennessee play once when I was coaching at Tennessee Tech and I saw the (Pittsburgh) Steelers play a pro exhibition game there once."

The Alabama-Tennessee game will be nationally televised by ESPN with kickoff slated for 6:47 p.m. (CDT) on Saturday.

**The Alabama athletic department reminds its fans that Daylight Savings Time ends this Saturday night and fans are reminded to set their clocks back one hour on Saturday night.  Daylight Savings Time officially ends Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002 at 2 a.m. (local time).


TUSCALOOSA -- The Crimson Tide Sports Network will televise on a Pay-Per-View basis the Alabama-Vanderbilt football game, Saturday, Nov. 2, CTSN General Manager Butch Henry announced Thursday.

The game will be available through participating cable systems throughout Alabama and through DISH Network as well as c-band satellite owners.  Cable subscribers should contact their local cable provider to order the telecast.

DISH Network subscribers should tune in Channel 455 and follow the on-screen directions to view the game.  C-band satellite patrons should dial 1-800-TVSTARS for residential customers or 1-888-TVSTARS for commercial customers.

The telecast will begin at 12:45 p.m., with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m. at Vanderbilt Stadium.