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Vienna family experiences Tide football

November 16, 2013
By PAUL LaPANN ( , Parkersburg News and Sentinel

David and Sue Lyons of Vienna recently experienced the enthusiasm surrounding University of Alabama football while visiting their son Shane and family in Tuscaloosa. The Lyonses, along with their grandsons Bryce and Brennan Sayre of Vienna, traveled to Alabama in late October, where they watched the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide play Tennessee at Bryant-Denny Stadium. They were joined by David and Sue's daughter Shonna Merrick and her son Milo of Wheeling. Shane Lyons, a 1983 graduate of Parkersburg High School, is deputy director of athletics/ chief operating officer at the University of Alabama. Sue said she loves visiting Tuscaloosa and watching a football game in the 102,000-seat stadium. "The people are great ... down to earth," Sue said this week. The stadium was very noisy and filled with electricity during the Oct. 26 game, a 45-10 Alabama victory. David and Sue had front-row seats in Coleman Coliseum at the Nick at Noon luncheon, sponsored by The Crimson Tide Foundation, on Friday before the football game. Head coach Nick Saban, a Fairmont native, talked for an hour about the football season and program. Sounding like a football coach, Shane Lyons said it is too early in the season to predict whether Alabama will win a third consecutive national title in the Bowl Championship Series and fourth title in the past five years. "We take it week by week and don't look ahead," said Lyons, who received bachelor's and master's degrees from West Virginia University. "We have a lot of games left." Lyons, who helps run the day-to-day operations of the athletic department, travels with the football team.



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