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Tide A-Day game conflicts with triathlon

TUSCALOOSA (AP) — Running, blocking and tackling won't be the only athletic endeavors happening on Alabama's campus on the day of the Crimson Tide's spring football game.

There also will be plenty of running, biking and swimming. University officials set April 21 for the first A-Day game under new coach Nick Saban, the same day city officials had scheduled the Collegiate National Championship triathlon that ends on the quad near Bryant-Denny Stadium about an hour before the 1 p.m. game.

It could create some logistical problems with portions of University Boulevard and campus streets closed during the race.

"This has thrown in a twist because we'll have to balance the triathlon and A-Day," Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox
said.

"Our attention will not be diverted from the triathlon. This is a big deal for the city, and we want to generate excitement."

Maddox said Alabama officials didn't notify the city before announcing a date for the spring game.

Alabama athletics director Mal Moore said he didn't know about the triathlon when the date was set.

"We had to move it back," he said. "I've got to do what I've got to do here."

Moore said the triathlon athletes and spectators on campus were welcome to attend the game.

"The more the merrier," he said.

USA Triathlon, the sport's sanctioning body, selected Tuscaloosa nearly a year ago to host the triathlon. Some 800 athletes from 38 university club teams nationwide had signed up for the event as of Tuesday, along with coaches, friends and family.

Alabama's A-Day game had been planned for a Saturday in March. Saban wanted to push it back since he and his staff weren't hired until January.

The game may be pushed back an hour or two so heavy traffic will not affect the race.

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