Veiled shot at Alabama? Gus Malzahn notes kickoff time vs. Kent State
Auburn kicks off this week against Kent State at 6 p.m. local time, but if coach Gus Malzahn had his preference, it’d be much earlier.
“Personally, I wish it was at noon, so we’d have more time to prepare for our next opponent,” Malzahn said at his weekly press conference. Auburn next plays at Texas A&M on Sept. 21.
This comes less than 24 hours after Alabama AD Greg Byrne and president Stuart R. Bell issued a statement complaining about the 11 a.m. local start time for its game on Sept. 21 against Southern Miss, claiming they’ve had more September nonconference home games kicking off at noon than any other SEC team since 2014. They noted the “challenges” the early kick off times present to the student-athletes and fans.
Malzahn was asked about the advantages of playing early and getting extra time to prep for the next game and if it’s worth it playing in the heat: “That’s a good question. I wish we were playing at noon.”