TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - After reports surfaced earlier this week about the National Championship game possibly being pushed back a week due to COVID-19 concerns within the Ohio State program, Alabama Coach Nick Saban confirmed Thursday there were discussions.
“If there were, and I think there were some issues relative to COVID, and there were discussions as to whether it was fair to continue or to move the game back and all that,” said Saban.
During the College Football Playoff virtual news conference Thursday morning, Nick Saban said player safety is always their number one priority, but postponing the game one week would have created management issues.
“I think there would have been some probably, I don’t know, difficult management issues if we would have moved the game back. Our school is starting this next week. We would have had 35,000 students coming back here. We’ve played 12 games this year, so we have a lot of guys that have ground through the season, a lot of guys that are nicked up a little bit. Another week of practice would have been much more difficult for those guys probably. January 18th is a day people got to decide whether they’re going to go out for the draft or not. So just the whole timing of the whole thing would have been a tough management. But I would have put player safety on either team as the most important factor in this decision,” he said.
Alabama and Ohio State kick off Monday night at 7pmCT in Miami at Hard Rock Stadium.