Jan. 4, 2007
MOBILE, Ala. - The Bobcats got a history lesson on Thursday in Mobile with a visit to Battleship Park and the USS Alabama. The battleship was one of the most decorated vessels during the Pacific campaign of World War II and is now anchored in Mobile Bay.
A morning practice was originally scheduled for Thursday, but the workout was changed to the afternoon which allowed a few more hours of rest for the players. The team departed the hotel at 11:30 a.m. for the battleship tour, and upon arrival, enjoyed a catered lunch at the park.
Following lunch, the team and travel party toured the USS Alabama and the USS Drum submarine. The park also features various types of military aircraft.
After the sightseeing trip, the Bobcats held their second practice of the trip.
A special presentation was made at the end of practice as the Bobcats were declared the winner of Wednesday night's bowling challenge. Ohio's margin of victory exceeded 1,500 pins, the largest margin of victory by any team in the history of the event. The winner of the bowling challenge has gone on to win the football game in six of the GMAC Bowl's seven years.
The Bobcats will hold their final practice in Mobile on Friday morning at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The eighth GMAC Bowl kicks off at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 7.