Leader denies postponement of game due to collegiate title

The top manager of the college football playoffs said Tuesday that the national championship game will take place Monday night as scheduled, despite reports that Ohio State is facing COVID-related issues. -19.

Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, (CFP) thus modified the position expressed previously, when he had recognized the possibility of postponing to January 18 if necessary the duel between Ohio State and Alabama.

AL.com reported that Ohio State had been in contact with CFP executives to raise potential player availability issues, forcing the match to be postponed.

Those conversations were confirmed to The Associated Press by a person with knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to speak publicly about the details.

Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith said in a statement that the Buckeyes are continuing with the protocols they imposed all season.

We plan to play on January 11, Smith stressed.

University sports department spokesman Jerry Emig said the Buckeyes trained Tuesday.

Alabama Athletic Director Greg Byrne indicated on Twitter that he and Smith have struck up talks.

Both schools are focused on playing the championship game @CFBPlayoff on January 11, Byrne posted.

The Big Ten conference had initially canceled its season in August, but it was retracted in September. The campaign started at the end of October, but there was no room in the nine-week calendar to postpone the matches.

Three of the Buckeyes ‘games were canceled, two due to adversaries’ COVID-19 problems and one due to their own problems. Ohio State played the last game of the regular season and the conference championship without at least 20 players. Coach Ryan Day tested positive and was not with the team at the game against Michigan State on December 5.

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The Buckeyes reached the playoffs after playing just six games and after the Big Ten changed the number of minimum games to qualify.

Ohio State’s unavailable roster was shortened last week before the Sugar Bowl against Clemson. The Buckeyes defeated the Tigers 49-28.

Alabama made it through the season without major problems from the virus. The Crimson Tide only had to postpone one match due to LSU having coronavirus problems, but the match was held later. Coach Nick Saban tested positive for COVID-19 and had to miss Alabama’s game against rival Auburn.

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