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Homecoming 2010: let the celebration begin!

  • We're having a party!
    We're having a party!  Homecoming 2010 promises something for everyone.  courtesy W&M Alumni Association
  • Say hi to the Griffin
    Say hi to the Griffin  It's the Griffin's first Homecoming. Introduce yourself and make him feel welcome!  Photo by Bob Keroack
  • Leading the charge
    Leading the charge  Running back Jonathan Grimes will lead the fourth-ranked Tribe in its crucial CAA clash with second-ranked Delaware Saturday at noon at Zable Stadium.  Courtesy Tribe Athletics
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Featuring at least 65 events, Homecoming 2010 has scheduled something for everyone, from golf and tennis tournaments to lavish and low-key receptions, lectures, symposiums, dinners and, of course, the Big Bash on Saturday night.

Saturday morning at 9 a.m., the traditional homecoming parade gets rolling. Student groups, class reunions, fraternities, sororities, and a multitude of bands will participate. The route will lead them from the intersection of Queen and Duke of Gloucester Street, down Richmond Road to Brooks Street and then all the way to William & Mary Hall.

The parade review stand will be on the front lawn of the Alumni House. Alumni celebrating an anniversary – the classes of 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2005 – are encouraged to walk with their classmates by meeting in front of the Prentis Store on Duke of Gloucester Street at 8:45 a.m.

The best floats and marching entries will be honored at halftime of what should be one of the heavyweight matchups of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) season: the fourth-ranked Tribe versus Colonial Athletic Association rival and second-ranked Delaware.

W&M, which has won five games in a row and nine straight at sold-out Zable Stadium, will square off against a team ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 nationally for the second time in three weeks, as the College earned a 31-24 victory against No. 1 and defending national champion Villanova on Oct. 2.

The Tribe boasts one of the country’s best defensive units and ranks seventh nationally by allowing just 16.0 points per game, while it is 12th in passing efficiency defense (100.1). Behind junior quarterback Mike Paulus, the College has also utilized a balanced attack offensively and is averaging nearly 30 points per game.

However, Delaware leads the nation in scoring defense (8.0 points per game) while ranking third in total defense (246.1 yards per game). Offensively, freshman running back Andrew Pierce ranks fifth in the country with 125.7 rushing yards per game, while senior quarterback Pat Devlin ranks 19th nationally with a passing efficiency rating of 139.3.

Don’t have tickets for the game? You can still see it without leaving campus.

Lodge 1 of the Sadler Center will broadcast the game in its entirety beginning at noon. Nearby, food vendors will be open.

On the front lawn of the Alumni House, the game will be joined in progress at 1 p.m., immediately following the Family Picnic on the Lawn.

After the game, and until 5 p.m., the Alumni House is hosting a postgame tailgate party.

Sounds like the perfect way to celebrate a huge victory by coach Jimmye Laycock’s surging team.