Homecoming activities set

The University of Alabama celebrates its annual Homecoming football game this weekend as the Alabama Crimson Tide (2-4, 1-2 SEC) hosts the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (3-2, 3-0 C-USA) this Saturday, Oct. 11 here at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game will be televised on a pay-per-view basis in the state of Alabama and Mississippi. The kickoff is set for 2:05 p.m. (CST).

The Series

Alabama leads the all-time series with Southern Miss, 31-6-2 (.821) since the first meeting in 1947. Dating back to 1991, Alabama has won 10 of the last 11 meetings.

Getting the Game

The game will be televised on a pay-per-view basis. Alabama and Mississippi residents may call their local cable operator to order the game. The game will also be available on DISH Network (Channel TBA) or by calling 1-800-TVSTARS (large C-band owners). The game is also available through ESPN GamePlan.

Special Events

The many faithful alums and friends will return to campus this week to help the University of Alabama celebrate the 2003 Homecoming festivities at the Capstone this weekend.
  • Homecoming on the Quad presented by the National Alumni Association and the Alabama Student Government Association with this year's theme "The Changing Tide" on Oct. 11, 2002. The annual Homecoming Parade begins at 9 a.m. and the NAA quad stage will feature entertainment beginning at 10 a.m.
  • For more information call the Alabama Alumni Association at (205) 348-5963 or logon to the homecoming website at http://alumni.ua.edu/homecoming.html
  • The Homecoming Office phone number is (205) 348-6121.
  • Kickoff on the Quad begins at 11 a.m. the UA Quad with food, entertainment, autograph guests and more.
  • The Alabama volleyball team will sign autographs in the Mayfield Dairy Tent from Noon until 12:45 p.m.
  • The Paul W. Bryant Museum celebrates its 15th anniversary this week. The Crimson Tide Sports Network's Jeep Pregame Show and Legends Tent will move to the museum lawn this week only.
  • Golden Flake will again this year display the set from "The Bear Bryant Show" from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. The set will be on the lawn of the museum and for $1 donation of the museum, fans can have their picture taken on the show's set.
  • Former Alabama kicker Peter Kim (1980-82) will sign autographs in the legends tent in front of the Bryant Museum between 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

Scheduled Events

Thursday, October 9
Choreography Competition (7 PM) at University Amphitheater

Friday, October 10
BBQ Lunch (11 AM-1 PM) at the Quad
Lawn Decoration Judging (1 PM)
Quad Games (1-4 PM)
Road and River Relay (2-4:30 PM)
Alabama Cavilers (6-6:45 PM) Under the Big Top on the Quad
Homecoming Pep Rally/Bonfire (7 PM)
Step Show (Bama Theatre, 7 PM)
Alabama Cavilers (9-10 PM PM) Under the Big Top on the Quad
Homecoming Concert (10 PM) (Quad)

Saturday, October 11
Homecoming Parade (9 AM)
Homecoming on the Quad (9:30 AM)
Lunch under the Big Top (11 AM)
Elephant Stomp (1 PM)
Homecoming Game (2 PM) Southern Miss at Alabama
Homecoming Queen crowned at halftime

2003 Homecoming Grand Marshall

As a defensive back on The University of Alabama football team, Jeremiah Castille picked off three passes to earn Most Valuable Player honors in the 1982 Liberty Bowl win over Illinois.
  • Castille's three interceptions in Coach Paul Bryant's final game as head coach of the Crimson Tide set the school's bowl game record for most interceptions in a 21-15 win over the Fighting Illini.
  • Castille (1979-82) was a two-time All-SEC (1981-82) selection and was named All-American for his stellar play in 1982. He was a member of Bryant's sixth and final national championship team in 1979, the only Bryant-coached team to win 12 games in a season.
  • A member of the 1992 All-Century Football team, Castille holds the Alabama career record with 16 interceptions.
  • Following his career at Alabama, Castille played for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1983-86) and Denver Broncos (1987-88). Following his NFL career, the Phenix City, Ala., native served as an assistant coach at Briarwood Christian High School from 1995-2002, winning two state championships.
  • Castille currently serves as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Director at Alabama.
  • He and his wife, Jean, have six children: Tim (19 and starting FB on UA football team), Simeon (17), Leah (15), Rachel (13), Caleb (11) and Danielle (9).

All-Time Homecoming Results

The Crimson Tide will play its 84th Homecoming football game this Saturday as they host the Southern Miss Golden Eagles here at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
  • Alabama has compiled a 68-13-1 (.825) all-time homecoming record, including last year's 42-7 win over No. 21 ranked Ole Miss.
  • Alabama has lost three of its last six homecoming games, dating back to 1997.
  • Since 1988, UA is 10-5 (.667) in its last 15 homecoming games.
  • Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant was a perfect 25-0 (1.000) in homecoming games at Alabama.
  • In addition, the Crimson Tide won a school record 26 consecutive homecoming games from 1958-83.
  • The entire 1987 season, including Bama's 38-10 homecoming win over Southwestern Louisiana, was played in Birmingham's Legion Field due to stadium renovations at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
  • Alabama's most common homecoming opponent is Miss. State. The Crimson Tide and Bulldogs have met 24 times, with Alabama posting a 20-4 record against MSU.

Southern Miss as Homecoming Opponent

Alabama is 5-0 (1.000) in homecoming games against Southern Miss.

Alabama 27, Southern Miss 6 Nov. 15, 1975
Alabama 42, Southern Miss 0 Oct. 25, 1980
Alabama 40, Southern Miss 0 Oct. 30, 1993
Alabama 14, Southern Miss 6 Oct. 8, 1994
Alabama 35, Southern Miss Oct. 20, 1999

Magnolia State Homecoming Opponents

Alabama has compiled a 28-5 (.848) record in Homecoming games against teams from the state of Mississippi.

Miss. State UA leads, 20-4
Ole Miss UA leads, 3-1
Southern Miss UA leads, 5-0

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