Thursday, November 27, 2003
Honolulu, HI - The University of Alabama football team capped a long travel day with a two-hour workout in Honolulu's Aloha Stadium Wednesday afternoon in preparation for Saturday's season finale with the Hawaii Warriors. Alabama head coach Mike Shula said the team worked out some expected kinks after the long flight, but had a productive workout.
"We worked hard," Shula said. "It was a bit of a slow start like we thought it might be coming off the long plane ride and we had a few adjustments because we didn't bring the whole group. We had guys doing scout team stuff that they hadn't, very similar to how a bowl is going to be."
The 82-man squad boarded busses at 4:30 a.m. in Tuscaloosa for the nine-and-a-half hour flight from Birmingham to Honolulu. The Tide will practice from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, and will have a team Thanksgiving dinner Thursday evening.
"I know I plan to eat a lot," Shula said. "We'll have meetings in the morning and then have practice. The guys will have some time if their families are here in the afternoon and then we'll have a big Thanksgiving dinner at the hotel and welcome the families."