2002 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

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2002 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Alabama Crimson Tide logo.svg
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionWestern Division
Ranking
APNo. 11
2002 record10–3 (6–2 SEC)
Head coachDennis Franchione (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorLes Koenning (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorCarl Torbush (2nd season)
Captain
Home stadiumBryant–Denny Stadium
(Capacity: 83,818)
Legion Field
(Capacity: 83,091)
Seasons
← 2001
2003 →
2002 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 3 Georgia x$   7 1         13 1  
Florida   6 2         8 5  
Tennessee   5 3         8 5  
Kentucky   3 5         7 5  
South Carolina   3 5         5 7  
Vanderbilt   0 8         2 10  
Western Division
No. 11 Alabama   6 2         10 3  
Arkansas xy   5 3         9 5  
No. 14 Auburn x   5 3         9 4  
LSU x   5 3         8 5  
Ole Miss   3 5         7 6  
Mississippi State   0 8         3 9  
Championship: Georgia 30, Arkansas 3
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • Alabama had the best division record, but did not participate in postseason play due to NCAA probation.
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2002 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA", "Bama" or "The Tide") represented the University of Alabama in the 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 106th overall season, 70th as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and its 11th within the SEC Western Division. The team was led by head coach Dennis Franchione, in his second year, and played their home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. They finished the season with a record of 10–3 (6–2 in the SEC) to finish in first place in the SEC West; however, the team was ineligible to compete in the 2002 SEC Championship Game or a bowl game due to a two-year postseason ban imposed as part of the penalty for National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) violations.

Summary[edit]

The team was led by second-year head coach Dennis Franchione. The team began the season with a 4–1 record, only losing a very close game to then #8 ranked Oklahoma. On October 5, the Crimson Tide lost another hard-fought game to the #4 Georgia 27–25 at home. The team would then defeat their next five opponents by an average of 24.4 points. In the 2002 Iron Bowl, the team was defeated by the Auburn Tigers by a score of 17–7. The team would end their season by defeating Hawaii. Though the team finished at 10–3 (6–2) and atop the SEC West standings, they were ineligible to play in the postseason due to receiving NCAA sanctions in 2001.

On December 5, head coach Dennis Franchione left the University of Alabama to take a head coaching job at Texas A&M which was left vacant by the firing of R. C. Slocum.[1]

Schedule[edit]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 3111:30 a.m.Middle Tennessee*JPSW 39–3480,091
September 72:30 p.m.at No. 2 Oklahoma*ABCL 27–3775,564
September 146:00 p.m.North Texas*PPVW 33–779,818
September 216:00 p.m.Southern Miss*
  • Bryant–Denny Stadium
  • Tuscaloosa, AL
ESPN2W 20–783,818
September 286:45 p.m.at ArkansasESPNW 30–1273,551
October 52:30 p.m.No. 7 GeorgiaNo. 22
  • Bryant–Denny Stadium
  • Tuscaloosa, AL (rivalry)
CBSL 25–2783,818
October 192:30 p.m.No. 21 Ole MissdaggerNo. 24
  • Bryant–Denny Stadium
  • Tuscaloosa, AL (rivalry)
CBSW 42–783,818
October 266:45 p.m.at No. 16 TennesseeNo. 19ESPNW 34–14107,722
November 21:00 p.m.at VanderbiltNo. 12PPVW 30–836,407
November 91:00 p.m.Mississippi StateNo. 11
  • Bryant–Denny Stadium
  • Tuscaloosa, AL (rivalry)
PPVW 28–1483,818
November 168:00 p.m.at No. 14 LSUNo. 10ESPNW 31–092,012
November 232:30 p.m.AuburnNo. 9
  • Bryant–Denny Stadium
  • Tuscaloosa, AL (Iron Bowl)
CBSL 7–1783,818
November 306:45 p.m.at Hawaii*No. 14ESPNW 21–1650,000
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time
  • Source: Rolltide.com All-time Football Results: 2002 Season[2]

Roster[edit]

2002 Alabama Crimson Tide football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 12 Brodie Croyle Fr
QB 13 Spencer Pennington Fr
C 51 Evan Mathis So
C 58 Alonzo Ephraim Sr
WR 80 Zach Fletcher Jr
WR 84 Triandos Luke Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 6 Derrick Pope Jr
SS 10 Carlos Andrews Jr
CB 41 Roman Harper Fr
DE 54 Kindal Moorehead Sr
DE 91 Chris Harris Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Franchione bolts Alabama for Texas A&M". CNN. Retrieved February 10, 2008.
  2. ^ "All-time Football Results: 2002 Season". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Archived from the original on December 2, 2011. Retrieved August 27, 2011.