College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock said Jan. 5 the national championship game between Alabama and Ohio State is still a go for Jan. 11 amid a report the Buckeyes are having COVID-19 issues.
AL.com reported that Ohio State has been in contact with CFP officials about possible player availability problems that could force the game to be delayed. Those discussions were confirmed to The Associated Press by a person with knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because no one had been authorized to speak publicly about the details.
Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith said in a statement the Buckeyes continue to follow the same protocols they have all season.
“We plan to play Jan. 11,” Smith said.
Ohio State athletic department spokesman Jerry Emig said the Buckeyes did practice Jan. 5.
Alabama Athletic Director Greg Byrne posted on Twitter he and Smith have had multiple conversations.
“Both schools are focused on playing in the @CFBPlayoff Championship Game on January 11th,” Byrne tweeted.
Hancock said there were no changes and the game in Miami Gardens, Fla., between the top-ranked Crimson Tide and the third-ranked Buckeyes was still scheduled for Jan. 11 as planned.
Hancock has previously said Jan. 18 is a potential makeup date if necessary.