Digital Media Center
Bryant-Denny Stadium, Gate 61
920 Paul Bryant Drive
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0370
(800) 654-4262

© 2024 Alabama Public Radio
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
Register for Glenn Miller Tickets in Mobile on May 30.

Alabama's playoff hopes cloudy following LSU loss

APR's Pat Duggins

The Alabama Crimson Tide's path to the playoffs appears uncertain following Saturday’s forty six to forty one loss to LSU. President Trump and the first lady watched the game from a skybox on the thirty five yard line. They witnessed what head coach Nick Saban called the worst first half for the Tide this season with blown coverage and dropped balls by quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and kicker Ty Perine. Alabama Wide Receiver Henry Ruggs says having Trump in stands wasn’t a distraction in the Tide’s loss to LSU.

“We don’t focus on that," said Ruggs. "We’re a football team, so all we focus on is football. The outside things are just that, just outside things. Of course, everything was saying that. That, has nothing to do with us.”

Saban praised quarterback Tua Tagovailoa who was recovering from ankle surgery.

“I think he was warrior in terms of what he did," says Saban. "I think probably missing the practice that he missed over the last couple of weeks, he might not have been quite as sharp as normal. But, I think he did a good job in the game, and I was proud how he competed in the game.”

President Trump’s visit to Tuscaloosa wasn’t without incident. A go-fund me site generated money for a balloon resembling Trump in a diaper. It was set up just blocks from the stadium. The balloon was slashed by a passerby who was later arrested.

Pat Duggins is news director for Alabama Public Radio.
News from Alabama Public Radio is a public service in association with the University of Alabama. We depend on your help to keep our programming on the air and online. Please consider supporting the news you rely on with a donation today. Every contribution, no matter the size, propels our vital coverage. Thank you.