Nick Saban outlines the logistical issues posed by possible delay of national championship
Ohio State’s possible COVID-19 outbreak has caused some to wonder if the national championship game scheduled for Monday will be delayed. Though still unknown if or when the game would be moved, the changes that would come from it could trigger a domino effect to other events.
In a press conference with reporters on Thursday, Alabama coach Nick Saban explained how that would work.
“Well, look, I think everybody respects the disruptions that we’ve had to endure throughout the season,” Saban said, per AL.com. “We have total respect for the safety of players. 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.”
“I think there would have been some probably, I don’t know, difficult management issues if we would have moved the game back,” Saban said. “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.”
Saban maintains that the number one priority will remain what it should be, but it would be an adjustment.
“So just the whole timing of the whole thing would have been a tough management,” Saban said. “But I would have put player safety on either team as the most important factor in this decision.”