One of my all-time favorite quotes, that’s something George Lynn Cross, the University of Oklahoma’s president from 1943 to 1968, once told the Oklahoma State Senate.
President Cross would no doubt sense his kindred spirits at the University of Alabama, which announced that it would cancel classes on Thursday, November 18, the date of the recently moved game with Georgia State.
“It is not logistically possible for the campus to continue to operate in a ‘business as usual’ manner,” said Provost Judy Bonner in an e-mail response to questions. “We must operate as if it were a game-day Saturday.”
To make up for the lost day, administrators shortened fall break. Instead of having Thursday and Friday off the last week of October, classes will be held Thursday, Oct. 28.
“Since we are simply moving an already planned semester break day, there will be no loss of class time,” Bonner said.
UA Athletics Director Mal Moore announced a week ago that the game with Georgia State would be moved back two days to a Thursday to give the team a couple of extra days to prepare for its game on Friday, Nov. 26, against rival Auburn University.
Bonner said there were no reservations about the move from academic administrators.
“President (Robert) Witt and I strongly support Athletics Director Mal Moore’s decision to move the football game…” she said. “We agree that this change is in the best interest of the student athletes and the university.”
I can’t fault the decision from a logistics standpoint. No member in good standing of the Tide Nation is likely to complain. And the lost day is being made up by shortening fall break. But you can’t help being amused by who is deferring to whom in this situation.