On the field, the Alabama Crimson Tide has been nearly flawless for several years. Off the field, the school is feeling a little peeved at the way things have worked out with their scheduling.
Alabama’s home game against Southern Miss on September 21 will be played at 11:00 a.m. in local (Central) time. On the East Coast, that will be 12:00 p.m. EST.
The Crimson Tide were not fond of the scheduling decision. They were so upset that athletic director Greg Byrne and president Stuart R. Bell released a statement expressing their disappointment.
The statement noted that the early kickoff time makes it very inconvenient for fans and students. They also pointed out unfairness in having to play so many day games at home in September – more than any other SEC team per their calculations.
“We are disappointed that our game against Southern Miss has been selected as a daytime kickoff at home. 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.”
Statement from President Bell and me. pic.twitter.com/pb1lDHSEWp
— Greg Byrne (@Greg_Byrne) September 9, 2019
Their September 21 game against Southern Miss will be Alabama’s first morning game of the season. But it may not be their last one.
Last year Alabama played three games at 11:00 a.m. Since 2016, they’ve played six.
The Crimson Tide may be hard-pressed to find sympathy for the complaint though. While the timing of the games may be regrettable, scheduling multiple games each year against Group of Five and FCS schools has garnered a ton of criticism.