“I want a university the football team can be proud of.”

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.

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7 responses to ““I want a university the football team can be proud of.”

  1. 69Dawg

    Tail meet dog.

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  2. I think they should cancel the Friday classes, not the thursday classes. Students are much more likely to blow off daytime classes for a hangover than they are for early morning tailgating for a night game against a DII football team.

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  3. Dog in Fla

    “Thursday also happens to be the busiest day of the week during the semester,”

    one possible solution for which is to start scheduling classes that occur on days of the week other than Thursday.

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  4. Mayor of Dawgtown

    I know I am going to get slammed for this but I don’t give a sh-t.This shows the difference between Bama and UGA in a nutshell. Whatever it takes, no matter how small, for the Bama President, AD, faculty and fans to give their team the maximum chance to win–they’ll do it. Auburn is Bama’s most hated rival. Auburn has the week off before the Bama-Auburn game. Bama doesn’t. The entire school (President, student body and faculty included) is willing to move heaven and earth to make sure their team is not at a disadvantage for that game. I say: “Good for you Bama.” You have a school and fans that really support you team. UGA on the other hand has fans who put their own fun ahead of what is good for the team and come up with very creative ways to rationalize it. Those of you who are trying (not successfully) to make fun of the Bama faithful for this ought to be ashamed that you are not as loyal to your team as the Bama folks are to theirs.

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    • Vinings Dog

      “UGA on the other hand has fans who put their own fun ahead of what is good for the team and come up with very creative ways to rationalize it.”

      Let me guess………this is a stab at those of us who insist on playing the Gators in Jax.

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