Alabama isn’t happy with the Crimson Tide’s Week 4 game against Southern Miss kicking off at noon E.T. The school’s athletic director released a statement complaining about it on Monday night.
“We are disappointed that our game against Southern Miss has been selected as a daytime kickoff at home,” Greg Byrne said in a statement. “We realize we’ve played more non-conference day games at home in September than any other SEC team since 2014. There have been a number of conversations with our conference office, and they also recognize the challenges these kick times present for our student-athletes and fans.”
The Alabama-Southern Miss game is kicking off at noon E.T. in Week 4 for TV reasons. There are several notable SEC games in Week 4 and the Crimson Tide’s contest should be a blowout, so it gets the noon slot.
These comments appear to have sparked an Alabama-Auburn feud.
Gus Malzahn appeared to take a shot at the Crimson Tide during his press conference today.
Auburn and Kent State are set to kick off at 7 p.m. E.T. on Saturday, though Malzahn went out of his way to say he wished it was kicking off at noon.
“Personally, I wish it was at noon, so we’d have more time to prepare for our next opponent,” he said.
Auburn HC Gus Malzahn on the Kent State game: "Personally, I wish it was at noon, so we'd have more time to prepare for our next opponent."
— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) September 10, 2019
Shots fired at Alabama?
And if it wasn’t, you can bet that Alabama will probably still take it as one.
Alabama and Auburn are set to meet on Saturday, Nov. 30 this year. That game will probably kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T.