Wednesday, November 27, 2002
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --
The Alabama Crimson Tide football team practiced for two hours in the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility on Wednesday afternoon, putting the finishing touches on its game plan for the Hawai'i Warriors this Saturday in Honolulu.
The Crimson Tide worked in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts and will head for the island of Ohau with its game plan installed.
"We installed the game plan completely," Alabama head coach Dennis Franchione said. "We worked against the things that Hawai'i does on both sides of the football. We will work out tomorrow (at Aloha Stadium) but I don't know how secure the stadium will be, so we worked on things to day we might not want to show tomorrow. Everything is physically in (for the game), the rest of the week will be mental work."
The Crimson Tide will depart Tuscaloosa at 3:45 a.m. (CST) Thursday morning and board a charter flight from Birmingham. The team is expected to arrive in Honolulu at 2:30 p.m. (HST), about 15 hours after the day began. There is a four-hour time difference between Tuscaloosa and Honolulu.
"The most important thing is to get there on Thursday, have a god workout, eat and get a good night's sleep and let our bodies get acclimated to the time change," Franchione added.
In other news on Wednesday, Ken Gaddy, the Director of the Bryant Museum, and Coach Clem Gryska presented Coach Fran and the Alabama team with giant-size postcards, signed by many Alabama fans offering their best wishes on the trip to Hawai'i. There were two postcards and both contained the Bryant Museum logo, a palm tree, a football and the phrase "Aloha Alabama."
As is tradition on the final practice of the season in Tuscaloosa, the Alabama seniors were carried off the field on the shoulders of upper classmen.