Alabama director of athletics Greg Byrne announced on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon that the song “Dixieland Delight” would be played at Saturday’s game. Several fans, including a large contingent of students, had asked for the song to be played since Alabama ceased playing it during the 2015 season.
“I’m here to say that we are freeing Dixieland Delight,” Byrne said. “We’re going to do our part here and try this one more time, so we need you to do yours.”
— Greg Byrne (@Greg_Byrne) October 10, 2018
The song, usually played during the fourth quarter, became a point of contention when many fans began chanting expletives directed towards SEC rivals Auburn, LSU and Tennessee during the song’s refrain.
Byrne posted a video to make the announcement that featured Terry Saban, running back Damien Harris and student body president Price McGiffert.
“We really need your help,” Harris said. “I know we can do it the right way, so remember to keep it clean, keep it classy when we play Dixieland Delight during the fourth quarter at Bryant-Denny Stadium.”
Sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has a sprained knee but was able to participate fully in practice this week, Saban said.
Senior guard Lester Cotton has a mild ankle sprain and didn’t participate during the open period of practice, though he was dressed out. Saban said he could possibly practice on Thursday.
Junior cornerback Trevon Diggs, previously announced as out indefinitely with a broken foot, is likely to miss the remainder of the season.