Countdown to Kickoff
Tide Ends Practice in Tuscaloosa



TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- The University of Alabama football team practiced for an hour and a half on Friday to wrap up its practice sessions in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide will head to Shreveport, La. on Sunday where they will practice for three days before facing Oklahoma State in the 2006 Petro Sun Independence Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 28 at 3:30 p.m. (CT).

"We closed a little part of this thing," said interim head coach Joe Kines. "The work here is done. It has been good work. The weather was amazing. We didn't have to fight the elements. Today was real good. I thought the guy's spirits were really good today."

The team will arrive in Shreveport on Sunday for a welcome reception in the late afternoon. They will begin practice Christmas day on Monday and will also practice Tuesday and Wednesday.

The game will be televised by ESPN with Gary Thorne (play-by-play), Andre Ware (analyst) and Todd Harris (sideline reporter) calling the action from Independence Bowl Stadium.