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COVID could disrupt Alabama’s college football championship season

Pat Duggins

Word that two University of Alabama assistant coaches tested positive for COVID-19 may not be the last the Crimson Tide hears of the coronavirus. Organizers of this year’s College Football Playoff championship are making the rules clear if any of the final four teams can’t play because of the virus. If a team is unavailable to play in the semifinals because of COVID-19 issues, the game will be forfeited. The remaining team will advance to the championship game. This isn’t just a theory, since Texas A & M had to withdraw from the Gator Bowl against Wake Forest due to COVID-19 illnesses. The Crimson Tide is scheduled to play the Cincinnati Bearcats in the semifinal Cotton Bowl, and Michigan faces Georgia in the Orange Bowl. The winners of these games will play for the title. Alabama head coach Nick Saban already reimposed precautions to protect Tide players from COVID, as well as influenza and season stomach bugs. While there will be no rescheduling of either semifinal, the championship game could be delayed until as late as January 14th.

Pat Duggins is news director for Alabama Public Radio.
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