Alabama coach Nick Saban is critical of the quick turnaround for the College Football Playoff championship game, saying one week is not enough time for preparation and players getting enough rest.
Saban told reporters it is difficult to come off a bowl game with only seven days to prepare.
“Someone has to think about the players and not what’s convenient for the media or TV,” Saban said on Tuesday’s teleconference call.
On Monday night, Saban’s No. 4-seeded Crimson Tide defeated No. 1 Clemson 24-6 in the CFP semifinal at the Sugar Bowl in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
Saban said his players didn’t begin packing up to leave the stadium until after 1 a.m. as the team spent the night in New Orleans before returning to Tuscaloosa later Tuesday morning.
Alabama will spend three days at home before heading to Atlanta on Friday to prepare for Monday’s game against No. 3 Georgia, which defeated No. 2 Oklahoma 54-48 in double-overtime in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day.
Saban praised Kirby Smart, his former longtime defensive coordinator in his second year as head coach of the Bulldogs.
“I was very impressed with him from day one,” Saban said of Smart. “He’s very bright and he learned quickly. I would hire him anytime, anywhere on any staff based on his body of work he did. The nine or 10 years he was with us he did a fantastic job.”
–Field Level Media