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Former Tigers, Tide to play tornado benefit game

Posted on: July 14, 2011 5:09 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 5:49 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It's not quite the live preseason scrimmage between Auburn and Alabama our Dennis Dodd proposed as a quick -- and highly lucrative -- fundraiser for tornado victims this past May. But it might be the next-best thing.

Planners with the relief organization "HeartinDixie Foundation" have announced a flag football game to be played between Tide and Tiger football alumni in Hoover Aug. 13. The game will be part of a three-day weekend of activities to raise money for the Foundation, a "non-profit organization comprised of Alabama and Auburn supporters united in relief efforts following the April 27 tornadoes."

Though rosters for the two teams have yet to be finalized, some of the legends from either side scheduled to appear during the weekend will be Auburn's Bo Jackson, Pat Dye and Joe Cribbs and Alabama's Gene Stallings, Bobby Humphrey and Cornelius Bennett. The athletic directors at both schools have lent their support to the project:
"HeartinDixie is a chance to show the nation and the world that we are united and committed in helping Alabama rebuild and recover," Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs said in a statement. "We learn the most about each other in difficult times, and what we have learned about Alabamians since the devastating tornadoes is that what binds us together is much bigger than what sets us apart."
Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore described the weekend of events as a "unique opportunity" to assist the state.
"While the world has moved on, we still have much work to do," Moore said in a statement. "Events such as this not only serve as a reminder that we still have much to do, but also provides us with an opportunity to come together to accomplish a single goal."

Of course, once the game begins, we're going to be looking at two teams made up of dedicated athletes with fierce Auburn and Alabama ties working towards very different goals. It could get interesting ... which is why it's probably also going to raise a sizable chunk of money for an excellent cause.


Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: July 15, 2011 8:25 am

Former Tigers, Tide to play tornado benefit game

He is right, once they become former players the NCAA has no claim on them and cannot tell them what to do. Thsi is an excellent idea, but should have had a few weeks more notice and it would have been a much bigger deal. If you could line up some more big name players this could make lots of money. Very good idea and I applaud this organization for what its trying to do for those who lost everything.

Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: July 15, 2011 4:04 am

Former Tigers, Tide to play tornado benefit game

I think key is that it is former AU and UA players who are playing..... I'm guessing it'll be touch or flag football.

Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: July 15, 2011 12:22 am

Former Tigers, Tide to play tornado benefit game

This is a good thing to do but I have a question. Why is it illegal for most other schools to do something like this?

The NCAA wouldn't even let USC and LSU play a practice against each other during that NC split.

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