Oct. 28, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
It was a busy weekend for the Alabama softball team, one that included the Crimson Tide's second Fall Brawl series as well as a host of Homecoming activities.
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. Patrick Murphy and head gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson, 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, Murphy and Patterson 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 football team punctuated the Homecoming weekend with a 38-7 win over No. 11 Mississippi State.
Prior to the game, the defending NCAA Champion softball team notched a pair of wins over Anderson University in Fall Brawl II action. At halftime of the game, Murphy, Patterson and Potter were recognized as Grand Marshals before Lissa Handley Tyson of Birmingham was crowned the University of Alabama's 2012 Homecoming Queen.