Alabama Extends Winter Break for Bowl Games

The school will shut down to allow students to show support for the football team.

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The usual excuse for not having a playoff system in college football is that it would extend the season. That would force student-athletes to miss class for more than just one game after Christmas, which wouldn't be fair to the academic side of the "student-athlete" label.

So much for that argument.

The University of Alabama has extended its winter break so that students can support the Alabama football team in the national championship on January 7, the Crimson White reports. That means a delayed spring semester for students. Students will have to do additional work to make it up once school starts again.

Alabama will play for its first national football championship since 1992, when it was voted the national champion in both major football polls. The Crimson Tide will play the University of Texas.

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