Gus Malzahn said he wishes his game was at noon this Saturday — poking a little fun at his rivals across the state, the day after Alabama publicly complained about having to play its game in the heat this week.
Auburn plays Kent State at 6 p.m. this Saturday.
“Our guys are excited to be back home for our second home game, playing a very solid Kent State team,” Malzahn opened his Tuesday press conference. “6 p.m. kick.
“Personally, I wish it was at noon. We’d have more time to prepare for our next opponent.”
Asked to elaborate later, Malzahn smiled.
Monday, Alabama’s school president and athletics director released a joint statement saying the school is disappointed that its Sept. 21 game against Southern Miss was slated by TV networks for an 11 a.m. kickoff. The statement mentioned ‘challenges’ daytime kickoffs present to athletes and to fans.
Earlier in the day, Alabama head coach Nick Saban thanked Tide fans for braving a ‘difficult day’ watching Alabama beat New Mexico State 62-10 last Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium in temperatures nearing 100 degrees.
Kickoff times are assigned by TV networks based on how attractive the matchups are for viewers.
Alabama’s president Stuart R. Bell and athletic director Greg Byrne released a joint statement that was shared, and also chided, on social media.
“There have been a number of conversations with our conference office, and they also recognize the challenges these kick times present for our student-athletes and fans,” the statement read.
Tuesday, Malzahn made it clear he’s got no issue with what time of day his team plays.
As the cliché goes, the Tigers will play anyone, anywhere — and any time.