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Alabama Crimson Tide returns to the football field after schedule disrupted by COVID-19

APR's Pat Duggins
The University of Alabama's Million Dollar Band during a pre-COVID football game in 2018

Fans of the Crimson Tide are planning to see the team play for the first time in two weeks tomorrow.

Alabama is scheduled to play the Kentucky Wildcats after the coronavirus put the Tide’s schedule in turmoil. Last week’s game against LSU was cancelled after an undisclosed number of players for the Tigers tested positive for COVID-19. Alabama was just coming off a bye-week where the team didn’t play.

Head coach Nick Saban said the issue is keeping his players psychologically prepared.

“I think the players want to play," Saban said. "I think they want to create value in terms of how they improve as a team. I also think there are a lot of individual players who want to create value for themselves. And, the only way they can do that is to play games.”

After two weeks off, Saban said there are pluses and minuses to having that much time between games.

“Physically we’ve been able to take care of our players, I think psychologically is the real challenge for them to stay focused on the things they need to do to improve and respond at a high level, especially when we’re basically halfway through the season," he said.

There’s been speculation in the press that an Alabama and LSU makeup game could take place on Dec. 5, two weeks before the SEC Championship Game.

Pat Duggins is news director for Alabama Public Radio.
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