Alabama is all set to play in the national championship game.
On Friday, athletic director Greg Byrne shared that the team had completed its COVID-19 tests ahead of traveling to Miami and that it was all set to make the trip.
Just got the test results and we are good to go 👍🏼. #RollTide
— Greg Byrne (@Greg_Byrne) January 8, 2021
Earlier in the day, AL.com reported that the team’s test results had been completed and that the team was ready for travel. But Byrne shared the team had still been waiting on its results prior to his own announcement.
Nonetheless, the same result was reached.
This news comes as a relief for college football fans after the report from AL.com on Tuesday on Ohio State’s struggles with positive COVID-19 tests throughout its team leading up to the game. Head coach Ryan Day even called it a “gut punch”, to lose players the week of the biggest game of the season.
“Well, any time you deal with that and you lose people, it is a gut punch,” Day said on Thursday. “But it’s not something that we’re not used to. We’ve played games with the majority of our offensive line out. We played the Big Ten Championship game without our top receivers, or some of our top receivers. We’ve had starters all over the place down at different times, and we’ve found ways to work through it. It’s just been the way it is.”
The College Football Playoff National Championship Game is currently still on track to be played Monday, Jan. 11 from Hard Rock Stadium.
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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77