August 24, 2007
“ . . . Samford fans will have an opportunity to get in the spirit at a community-wide pep rally on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 6 p.m. in Seibert Stadium . . .”
The Samford University community is gearing up for several historic firsts with the 2007 football season opener just days away.
Samford University’s first game of the 2007 season also will be the head coaching debut of Pat Sullivan. The Bulldogs play the University of West Alabama at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 30.
Sullivan was named Samford’s 35th head football coach in December 2006. Most recently he had been an assistant coach at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and previously was head coach at Texas Christian University. In his first game, Sullivan will face another Alabama coaching legend, Bobby Wallace, who won NCAA Division II national championships at the University of North Alabama. Wallace is in his second season at UWA.
The two teams last played in 2004, a 34-20 Samford victory at Seibert Stadium. Samford leads the all-time series with UWA 15-8-6.
Samford athletics officials expect an overflow crowd and potentially a stadium-record crowd for the season opener. The current record crowd is 11,189 for a 1994 game against Alcorn State University. Last year’s home opener against cross-town rival Miles College drew 10,386, third largest crowd in Seibert Stadium history.
General admission tickets for the game are $12 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be ordered online at www.samfordsports.com or by calling the Samford athletics ticket office, (205) 726-2050.
Samford fans will have an opportunity to get in the spirit at a community-wide pep rally on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 6 p.m. in Seibert Stadium. The pep rally will feature representatives from the football team, the Samford cheerleaders, band, Spike the bulldog mascot and other activities.
The pep rally is free and open to the public.
“To say that the atmosphere surrounding Samford football is at an all-time high would still qualify as an understatement,” said Bob Roller, Samford’s director of athletics. “There is such a great buzz about this coming season and the team that Coach Sullivan and his staff have assembled. We promise to have an exciting product for you to watch, and we want Seibert Stadium to be the place to be this fall.”
Fans who cannot attend games in person can listen to broadcasts on the Samford Broadcast Network. Network information is available at www.samfordsports.com. Two TV shows, a weekly radio show, and a bevy of internet broadcasts highlight the multimedia broadcast offerings that begin this week.