Nov. 26, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The No. 1 ranked Alabama football team worked for two hours in full pads Wednesday afternoon at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility as the team continues preparation for Saturday's annual game with the Auburn Tigers.
"Practice has gone well all week." Alabama head coach Nick Saban said following Wednesday's practice. "The players are enthusiastic about what they are doing. It was a little bit different today not having school and not having school tomorrow, but the only change in the schedule for us is to move things up a little bit tomorrow and let the guys go after practice; so they can leave out of here, if they live within an hour or two, and have dinner at home. The rest of the guys will have dinner with our family."
Saban also offered his holiday wishes to all the Crimson Tide fans and supporters on the eve of Thanksgiving Day.
"I would like to say this to everyone. This is a good time of the year and as coaches you don't always get to enjoy it and as players they don't get to enjoy as much as we would like for them too. It is a time to give thanks and be thankful and appreciative of all that we have and all the gifts that we have and all the relationships that we have. I'd certainly like to wish all of our supporters and fans and the media that covers our team, who invests a lot of time in giving them the exposure they certainly deserve, to have a great Thanksgiving."
Alabama and Auburn will meet on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 2:30 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally by CBS Sports, with Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst) and Tracy Wolfson (sideline reporter) calling the action from Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Auburn game will be Alabama's ninth televised game of the season and eighth national telecast. CBS will be televising its 10th Iron Bowl.