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MONTGOMERY - With college football scheduled to kick off
Saturday, Gov. Bob Riley urged Alabamians to wear their
school colors to work Friday, which he designated
"College Colors Day."
The governor said more than $5 million is generated
annually from royalties collected from the sale of
merchandise bearing the colors and logos of Alabama colleges
and universities, according to Atlanta-based Collegiate
That money is used directly for academic and athletic
scholarships for students.
"I hope everyone shows their support for our colleges
and universities this Friday," Riley said Monday.
"Whether it is on the field or in the classroom,
Alabama's institutions of higher learning make us truly
proud year after year.
"I urge all Alabamians to wear their favorite
school's colors on Friday."
The University of Alabama opens its 2007 season Saturday at
home against Western Carolina and Auburn University hosts
Alabama A&M University opens on the road against
Tennessee State in the John Merritt Classic in Nashville.
Three universities open their season Thursday when
Birmingham-Southern hosts Mississippi College JV and West
Alabama visits Samford.
Other Saturday openers are UAB at Michigan State, Troy at
Arkansas, Huntingdon hosting McMurry, Faulkner at Pikeville,
Ky., Jacksonville State at Alabama State and Concordia-Selma
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