Mar 22, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Bill Battle speaks to the media after being introduced as the athletic director for Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mal M. Moore Athletic Building. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama cancels football games vs. Michigan State

Fans excited to see the Alabama Crimson Tide take on the Michigan State Spartans in 2016 and 2017 will be disappointed to learn that Alabama athletic director Bill Battle announced on Thursday that the school has backed out of the series, citing the uncertainty of future SEC schedules as the main factor.

It’s too bad. Those would have been awesome defensive slugfests.

Battle released the following statement:

Michigan State graciously granted our request to cancel the games previously scheduled for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. We made the request due to the uncertainty of the conference football schedule in those years. We are very appreciative of Michigan State’s willingness to grant that request (USA Today Sports).

Hopefully the implication here is that the SEC is serious about moving away from its current schedule of eight conferences games and finally embracing the nine-game schedule other conferences use. Still, as a fan of interesting non-conference games, it’s disappointing to see the cancellation of what could have potentially been a fun series.

[Source: USA Today Sports]

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