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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Alabama ‘disappointed’ over kickoff time for Southern Miss game

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The Alabama Crimson Tide aren’t happy with their Sept. 21 kickoff time against Southern Miss.

Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne issued a statement citing the school’s disappointment at being chosen for a noon ET kickoff time. He argued that no one in the SEC has played more non-conference home games during the day since 2014, and said that the kickoff times negatively impacted student-athletes and fans.

Television networks are going to be reluctant to put games like this in primetime. Alabama blowing out an unranked conference foe just doesn’t make for gripping television. It’s a consequence of a weak non-conference schedule. That may not be Nick Saban’s fault, but it’s simply what happens.

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