Memphis Tiger fans celebrate Homecoming ahead of nationally televised game

Memphis Tiger fans celebrate Homecoming ahead of nationally televised game


WHAT MAY BE THE BIGGEST DAY IN THE HISTORY OF U OF M FOOTBALL IS ONLY HOURS AWAY NOW. THE UNIVERSITY AND THE ENTIRE CITY ARE READY TO SHINE ON NATIONAL T-V AS THE TIGERS TAKE ON THE SMU MUSTANGS. THANKS FOR JOINING US.. I’M RICHARD RANSOM. AND! I’M … KATINA RANKIN. IT’S THE ULTIMATE TRIFECTA. IT’S U OF M’S HOMECOMING. CHECK… A NATIONAL BROADCAST OF TOMORROW’S TIGERS GAME … CHECK AND E-S-P-N’S COLLEGE GAMEDAY ON BEALE. ROGER THAT AS WELL.! KATINA.. YOU AND I WERE AT BEALE STREET TONIGHT.. AND THE EXCITEMENT IS AMAZING… Nick Johnson, Tiger fan “Oooh T-I-G-E-R-S Tigers!” Richard: CURIOUS ONLOOKERS WENT TO BEALE STREET TO GET AN EARLY LOOK AT THE COLLEGE GAMEDAY SET.. WE TALKED WITH FANS WHO SAY THIS WEEKEND WAS A LONG TIME COMING. Nick Johnson, Tiger fan “About 8-years ago, I sat in the rain with about 2-thousand people watching us lose another game. They were like 1 and 10 at the time, so it’s been a long road, but this is the fruits of our fanship labor if you will.” IF YOU ARE HEADING DOWN TO BEALE FOR GAMEDAY… ESPN’S PIT AREA OPENS AT 5:30 AM… EVERYONE IN THE PIT WILL BE SCREEN AND SIGNS WILL BE CHECK. U OF M SHUTTLES FOR STUDENTS AND FACULTY BEGINS AT 5AM FROM CENTRAL LOT ON CAMPUS. -SHUTTLES RUN EVERY 15 MINUTES TO 4TH AND BEALE. B-B KING BLVD IS CLOSED BETWEEN MLK BLVD AND PEABODY PLACE. COLLEGE GAMEDAY STARTS AT 8AM AND ENDS AT 11. LET’S GO TIGERS, THE BIG ACTION TONIGHT WAS ON TIGER LANE … WHERE THE HOMECOMING PARADE KICKED OFF AN EVENING OF TIGER PRIDE. LOCAL 24 NEWS REPORTER REBECCA BUTCHER IS LIVE ON TIGER LANE TONIGHT.. REBECCA… TIGER NATION HAS PLENTY OF REASON TO BE FIRED UP Rebecca: THIS YEAR’S HOMECOMING PARADE AND PEP RALLY WAS ABLE TO WELCOMED FANS AND ALUMNI TO LIBERTY STADIUM AHEAD OF A SOLD- OUT GAME. IT’S GIVING LONGTIME FANS A REASON TO CELEBRATE. REBECCA BUTCHER/REPORTIN G: THE MEMPHIS SPIRIT WAS THICK IN THE AIR ON TIGER LANE FRIDAY.. FANS GATHERED TO CHEER ON THE UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS BAND, CHEERLEADERS AND PARADE FLOATS – ALL AHEAD OF SATURDAY’S GAME AGAINST SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY. …AND THE CONFIDENCE OF A WIN IS HIGH. Corinne Baldwin, Miss. U of M Finalist: “Oh we’re going to beat SMU it’s going to happen.” THIS YEAR’S GAME IS ATTRACTING NATIONAL ATTENTION WITH ESPN’S COLLEGE GAMEDAY SET TO AIR IN THE BLUFF CITY. Corinne Baldwin, Miss. U of M Finalist: “Right! College GameDay is here which is crazy. I know they’re going to be downtown at like 5 a.m.” ALL THE SPIRIT IS JUST AN ADDED BONUS FOR LONGTIME TIGER FANS LIKE GERALD MAY – WHOSE BEEN A SUPPORTER THROUGH THE UPS AND DOWNS OF PAST SEASONS. Gerald May, Longtime Tigers Fan: “It dawned on me Christmas has come early for us Memphis fans. That’s the best way to describe this weekend.” MAY HAS BEEN TAILGATING FOR THE LAST 7 YEARS AND SAYS THE GAME WILL HAVE HIM ON THE EDGE OF HIS SEAT. Gerald May, Longtime Tigers Fan: “Fast and furious and don’t change the channel because you’re liable to miss something.” Kieth Renard, Blues Cruisers: “A sell-out stadium, you can’t get much better than that.” Rebecca: PARKING LOTS NEAR THE LIBERTY BOWL OPEN AT NOON TOMORROW. AND THE STADIUM WILL BE ENFORCING ITS CLEAR BAG POLICY. LIVE AT TIGER LANE…REBECCA BUTCHER LOCAL 24 NEWS.

Randy Schultz

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