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The third annual Alabama State University Coaches Caravan hits the road beginning in Mobile  Thursday.

The caravan, in its third year aimed at promoting and increasing awareness of Hornet Athletics, will make stops in seven cities beginning tomorrow in Mobile and Friday in Tuscaloosa.

Saturday, the tour will make a morning stop in Columbus, Ga. and a late afternoon stop in Atlanta, Ga.

The Birmingham tour stop will occur Monday, July 15, prior to the Tuesday July 16 visit in Dothan. The caravan will conclude in Montgomery on Wednesday, July 31.

Alabama State acting athletic director Melvin Hines, head football coach Reggie Barlow and head men's basketball coach Lewis Jackson will lead the Tour Team.

The Alabama State Coaches Caravan will reflect on the 2012-13 athletic year, another stellar campaign in the classroom and in competition, and look ahead to the upcoming campaign, highlighted by the first full home football season in The New ASU Stadium.

Hornet student-athletes again excelled academically. More than 170 ASU athletes earned at least a 3.0 GPA during Fall 2012, with another 160 earning at least a 3.0 GPA this past spring. In the fall, 23 achieved 4.0 GPAs, while 30 achieved a perfect GPA in the spring.

This season, Alabama State University claimed the women's All-Sports Trophy as the best all-around women's sports program in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. It was the first time Alabama State has earned the award in the women's all-sport competition. ASU finished third in the men's all-sport standings, and that combination helped to give Alabama State its third consecutive runner-up finish in the overall SWAC Commissioner's Cup Standings.

Highlighting the in-season competition was the women's track program's second consecutive "Triple Crown", earning SWAC championships in Cross Country, Indoor Track and Outdoor Track. It was the second straight league title in cross country, the fifth consecutive title in indoor track, and the fourth consecutive outdoor track championship. Both the women's and men's golf programs won SWAC Championships this spring, earning NCAA Tournament appearances. The women's team earned its second SWAC title in three years, while the men's team won its second consecutive league title.

The following is the schedule, subject to change:

Thursday, July 11 – Mobile, Ala.  6-9 p.m.

Grand Central, 256 Dauphin St., Mobile, Ala. 36607


Friday, July 12  - Tuscaloosa, Ala. 6-9 p.m.

Cypress Inn, 501 Rice Mine Road, Tuscaloosa, Ala. 35406


Saturday, July 13 – Columbus, Ga.  11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

DoubleTree Hotel, 5351 Sidney Simons Blvd., Columbus, Ga. 31904


Saturday, July 13  - Atlanta, Ga.  6-9 p.m.
Stats Restaurant, 300 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30313

Monday, July 15 – Birmingham, Ala. 6-9 p.m.

Crescendo Bar and Grill, 423 20th St. South, Birmingham, Ala. 35233

Tuesday, July 16 - Dothan, Ala. 6-9 p.m.

Holiday Inn Express, 4090 Ross Clark Circle, Dothan, Ala. 36303

Wednesday, July 31 – Montgomery, Ala. 6-9 p.m.
The New ASU Stadium, Alabama State Campus

INFORMATION SOURCE: Alabama State University Athletics Dept.

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