By Matt Noonan
There will be football played in Tuscaloosa this fall, according to the University of Alabama President Dr. Stuart Bell.
Speaking with local media members on Thursday, April 30, including CBS 42, Bell said the university plans to “have a football season and fans will be a part of it in our stadium.” Additionally, Bell is optimistic the school’s other fall sports teams will be able to compete, too.
“Those are our plans,” Bell said, via CBS 42, “and it’s a high bar and anticipates that we will be able to meet that.”
The state of Alabama currently has 7,019 confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) as of this evening and began its reopening yesterday.
The University of Alabama’s fall semester doesn’t begin until Wednesday, August 19, which means both Bell and the school’s task force does have some time to establish necessary safety measures for its students, along with its faculty and staff members.
In addition to Alabama planning to host football games in the fall, Texas A&M plans to have its College Station campus ready for the upcoming season, while the University of Georgia should be ready to compete, as well.
On Friday, the NCAA unveiled its nine-step and three-phase process for all divisions, which will help not just Alabama, Georgia, and Texas A&M, but every school across the country with getting its student-athletes back on the playing field.