NOTES: Troy-UAB renews rivalry; ABCA clinic-dinner set
The Troy and UAB football series has been extended by two years through the 2016 season, both schools announced Tuesday afternoon. The two schools have met every year since 2009 with Troy winning four of the five games.
“It has been a good rivalry with some close games and it is good for the fans of both schools,” Troy Athletic Director John Hartwell said. “In addition to an easy road trip for our fans, the game falls in line with our scheduling philosophy. Every year we want to have four home conference games, one FCS guarantee game and that sixth home opponent to be an attractive game from a fan perspective.
“We looked at some other options, but as (UAB Athletic Director) Brian (Mackin) and I talked about, it just makes sense and we are glad that we can continue it. Certainly we want to try and bring the best competition into Troy so that we drive attendance, drive interest and increase season ticket sales.”
Troy will host UAB on Sept. 26, 2015, in Veterans Memorial Stadium and the Trojans will make the return trip to Legion Field on Sept. 17, 2016.
Troy’s future home schedules include non-conference visits from Duke (2014), UAB (2015) and Boise State (2018). Veterans Memorial Stadium has hosted recent games against Mississippi State and Navy, both in 2012, and in the near past against Missouri and Oklahoma State.
ABCA First Pitch Dinner/Auction and clinic set for Saturday
The Alabama Baseball Coaches Association will host its fifth-annual First Pitch Dinner & Silent Auction as well as the youth league baseball/softball clinic this Saturday.
The clinic (1st-6th grades) will be 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and be held at the Dixie Complex on Ray Thorington Road. In case of inclement weather the event will be inside the gym at Park Crossing High School.
Clinic cost $20, registration is at the field from 7:45-8:45 a.m. Autograph and picture session will be held following the clinic.
The Dinner & Silent Auction will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the RSA Activity Center. Tables are $750 while individual tickets $125.
Proceeds from both events will benefit Miracle League Baseball.
More info on both events may be found at www.alabca.org.
Alabama softball scheduled for nine TV dates
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Nine regular-season Alabama softball games will be broadcast on TV this season.
Games ESPN networks will also be accessible to fans via WatchESPN.com or the WatchESPN app, while Fox Sports Net (SportsSouth, FS Midwest, FS Southwest, Sun Sports) and CSS (Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast) broadcasts will be available through ESPN3 and the WatchESPN mobile app.
ESPN will also broadcast the entire SEC Tournament, starting on Wednesday, May 7. The first eight games of the tournament will air on ESPNU with the championship game airing on ESPN2 on Saturday, May 10 at 7 p.m. CT.
The Tide opens its season next weekend at the Troy Subway Invitational in Troy, Ala. Alabama will play five games over three days, beginning on Friday, Feb. 7 against Kennesaw State at 2:30 p.m. CT.
2014 Alabama Softball TV Games