Alabama's faculty senate, citing the failure of Arizona voters to approve a holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr., urged the school's football team not to play in the Sunkist Fiesta Bowl if asked. University President Roger Sayers said it would be premature for him to take a stand on the Fiesta Bowl controversy.
"We have other constituencies we have to consider, including the football team, the coaches and the Southeastern Conference," he said. "And besides, I'm an incurable optimist, and I still want to go to the Sugar Bowl."
An invitation to play in the Jan. 1 bowl game in Tempe, Ariz., is VTC by no means a certainty. Alabama would have to beat Auburn on Dec. 1 while the other pieces in a complicated puzzle involving four SEC teams and three other bowls would have to fall into place.