Tide May Be In Hotel

Alabama's football team, like many Alabama fans, gave up its hotel reservations last weekend for evacuees from Louisiana and Mississippi, victims of catastrophic Hurricane Katrina. This week Bama may be back in its regular routine as it appears those rooms are going to be available to the team.

Following Wednesday's practice, Alabama Coach Mike Shula said, "Everything looks good for the hotel, but we'll wait and see. We're fine with it either way. The word from the hotel is that a lot of people who were there have found more suitable temporary housing. Again, we'll wait and see."

Shula said his players had adjusted well last week. "They understood the reason and they were fine with it," Shula said. "It was just different."

Alabama's team ordinarily stays at the Sheraton Four Points on campus on Friday nights on game weekends. The hotel has private facilities for team and position meetings and meals.

Quarterback Brodie Croyle said, "It didn't seem like game day waking up in your own bed. It felt more like a scrimmage until we got on the buses and went through campus and saw all the game day festivities."

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