Oct. 28, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
It was a busy weekend for the Alabama gymnastics team, one that included the Crimson Tide's annual Ghosts and Goblins Intrasquad as well as a host of Homecoming activities.
"It was such a wonderful weekend," UA head gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson said. "Starting with Friday's intrasquad in front of our great fans, the pep rally and bonfire through the parade and another Crimson Tide win on Saturday. The energy on campus this weekend, and really all fall, has been amazing."
The weekend's theme was "Timeless Traditions" and the University honored its tradition of champions by having the head coaches of its three spring NCAA Championship teams, gymnastics, women's golf and softball, serve as Grand Marshals of the annual Homecoming Parade. Sarah Patterson and head softball coach Patrick Murphy, along with their teams, led off the parade, while Mic Potter and the women's golf team were unable to join in the festivities, as they were finishing their fall schedule at the Betsy Rawls Invitational in Austin, Texas.
In addition to leading the parade on Saturday, Patterson and Murphy spoke at Friday night's pep rally and bonfire on the University Quad along with the Tide's other national champion coach from last year, Nick Saban, whose No. 1 ranked team punctuated the Homecoming weekend with a 38-7 win over No. 11 Mississippi State.
Prior to the game, the back-to-back NCAA Champion gymnastic team also signed autographs on the Quad for a long line of fans. At halftime of the game, Patterson, Murphy and Potter were recognized as Grand Marshals before Lissa Handley Tyson of Birmingham was crowned the University of Alabama's 2012 Homecoming Queen.