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ASU Football: Coaches Caravan kicks off

Officials from Alabama State University announced Monday the schedule for the 2011 Football Coaches Caravan that runs from July 11 through July 15. 

The inaugural caravan, aimed at promoting ASU Athletics and boosting football season ticket sales, will roll through five cities in Alabama and Georgia next week. 

Alabama State athletic director Stacy Danley and head football coach Reggie Barlow will lead the Tour Team during stops in Mobile, Birmingham, Phenix City/Columbus, Ga., Atlanta, and Montgomery. Also traveling on the tour are ASU's associate vice president for Development, Zillah Fluker, and director of Alumni Relations, Cromwell Handy. 

"‘It's a GREAT time to be a HORNET' is more than just a catch phrase," Danley said. "The transformation that is taking place on campus directly affects where we are looking to go with ASU Athletics.  I am excited to get out and meet with alumni, fans and friends of Alabama State on the caravan."

 The Tour Team will meet alumni, fans and other ASU supporters at various venues during the five-city tour.  Danley will provide an overview of the entire Hornet athletics program.  The Tour will also showcase the University's Vision 2020 Transformation Plan, construction progress of the new Hornets Football Stadium, the outlook for the upcoming football season, season tickets packages, the Hornet Club and the many new and exciting developments taking place on campus. 

Fans will get an insight on the crown jewel of the athletics construction project, the new Alabama State University Football Stadium. Located on campus just off of I-85, the 30,000-seat stadium will feature 20 suites, club and loge seating and will be one of the premier facilities of its size in the nation. Construction is set to be completed in time to host the 2012 Turkey Day Classic. 

The Caravan will also allow Hornet fans a chance to get to hear from Coach Barlow and members of his coaching staff as they prepare for the 2011 season. Entering his fifth season as head football coach, Barlow is thrilled to meet with supporters as well. 

"I am looking forward to meeting with everyone that stands with ASU," Barlow said. "I love Alabama State and feel blessed to be at my alma mater during this amazing time of transformation." 

The 2010-2011 ASU Athletic season was arguably the best in school history. A total of five Hornet teams won SWAC divisional, league or tournament titles, helping Alabama State finish second in the Commissioners Cup standings for Best Overall Program in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The ASU football team had a big season in 2010. The Hornets had a pair of three-game winning streaks, posting its highest win total since 2003. They won the Eastern Division Championship for the first time since 2004 and won the State Farm Magic City Classic defeating archrival Alabama A&M. 

The following is the official schedule, subject to change: 

Monday, July 11: Mobile, Ala; 6-8 P.M.
Mobile Marriott, 3101 Airport Boulevard, Mobile, Ala. 36606

Tuesday, July 12 – Birmingham, Ala; 6-8 P.M.
Birmingham Sheraton, 2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard North, Birmingham, Ala. 35203 

Wednesday, July 13 – Columbus, Ga; 6-8 P.M.
Columbus Double Tree, 5351 Sidney Simmons Boulevard, Columbus, Ga. 31909

Thursday, July 14 – Atlanta, Ga; 7-9 P.M.
Stats Restaurant, 300 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30313

Friday, July 15 – Montgomery, Ala; – 6-8 P.M.
Alabama State University Acadome, 1595 Robert C. Hatch Drive, Montgomery, Ala. 36106

 INFORMATION SOURCE: Alabama State University Athletics

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