University of Alabama: “National championship is nice, but of course academics come first”

13 Jan

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama–students, staff, and local residents today celebrated the Crimson Tide’s latest national college football championship, displaying what one senior called “appropriate pride” in their victory over Clemson on Monday night, while never losing sight of the university’s primary mission, pushing back the frontiers of human knowledge and delivering a top-flight education to thousands of students.

“Sure, winning at football is nice,” said President Stuart Bell. “But obviously that’s just for fun. We all know why we’re here, which is to teach and conduct research.”

A.J. McCarron, a recent graduate of Alabama who played on the football team, seemed happy to hear the news that his former team had won the championship. “Wow, good for them,” said McCarron. “I hope it didn’t take too much time away from their studies.”

Students interviewed on campus shared this assessment. “I mean, good for them,” said Kristin Liebling, a biology major who had watched part of the game on Saturday. “It’s nice that students have a hobby to get them outside and get some exercise.”

Alabama Coach Nick Saban, who does not teach any other classes, but is dedicated full-time to football, congratulated his players yesterday, telling them that he hoped “they’d had fun this season, and that if any of them want to play again next fall, he’d be happy to work with them again.”
  
“Hopefully you guys brought your homework for when you’re not on the field.”

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