In his first year on the job in 2011, Alabama head coach Ed Allen may not have known exactly what was coming for him. Surely he knew he was stepping into an elite conference, but the difficulty can really only be experienced, not told.
Now, with that experience, Allen knows what to expect and now who to expect, with the release of the 2012 schedule today.
Alabama will start its season in Boston for the Beanpot Classic with a doubleheader on August 24th. The will meet Holy Cross and Northeastern on the season’s first day, before ending the tournament the next day against Sacred Heart.
The Tide will make its home debut on Aug, 28 against Alabama A&M starting at 7 p.m. before traveling to Elon, N.C. for the Elon Phoenix Classic from Aug. 31-Sept. 1. Alabama will face Elon, North Carolina Central, and Garnder-Webb.
A well-earned break will be taken before the Tide hosts the Hampton Inn Bama Bash, which this year will feature five teams: Alabama, Lamar, Austin Peay, Alabama State and East Tennessee State. That tournament will begin on Sept. 7 and end the next day.
After hosting in-state Samford on Sept. 11, Alabama will have nothing but conference opponents ahead of it. Alabama will open the SEC slate with a homestand against LSU and Tennessee in Foster Auditorium on Sept. 14 and 16, respectively.
Alabama’s matches with the SEC’s newcomers, Missouri and Texas A&M, are scheduled for Sept. 30, Oct. 7, Nov. 2 and Nov. 23. The Aggies will visit Tuscaloosa on Sept. 30, with a return visit coming on Nov. 2. The Tigers will come to Tuscaloosa on Oct. 7 and Alabama will go to Columbia for the regular season finale on Nov. 23.
The schedule features two three-game SEC homestands with one four-game road trip. From Sept. 28 to Oct. 7, Alabama will face Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Missouri, all at home. From Oct. 26-Nov. 4, Alabama will face Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Mississippi State, all on the road.
The other three game homestand, from Nov. 9-18 against Kentucky, South Carolina and Auburn, will be the last action Alabama has in Foster Auditorium for the 2012 season. The following weekend, the Tide will end the season on the road against Ole Miss and Missouri.