Alabama cancels classes for BCS title game


December 09, 2009

Alabama students and faculty won't have to worry about missing class to attend the national title football game.

The university canceled classes from Jan. 6-8.

The school said Tuesday that students will have to make up for the lost class time.

They have two days of classes upon returning from the Christmas break before getting another respite.

Alabama cited the number of students who have to be in Pasadena and those students and staff who want to attend the game.

The top-ranked Crimson Tide plays No. 2 Texas on Jan. 7 in Pasadena, Calif.

•Alabama's Rolando McClain won the Butkus Award as college football's top linebacker. ... Mississippi coach Houston Nutt says he "appreciates the interest Kansas showed in our staff" but he will not pursue the Jayhawks' coaching vacancy. ... Louisville is expected to hire Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong as its new football coach. Strong would replace Steve Kragthorpe. Texas quarterback Colt McCoy didn't realize the football must hit something before the clock stops when he tossed away a pass at the end of Longhorns' 13-12 victory against Nebraska - a gaffe that nearly left his team with no time to kick the game-winning field goal.

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