Alabama and ESPN officials reached out to Old Dominion athletic director Wood Selig recently, asking if ODU would be interested in playing the Crimson Tide football team in 2015 in the 102,000-seat Bryant-Denny Stadium. If so, we’ll write you a check for a cool $1.3 million. But Selig said no, saying ODU’s schedule is full. In 2015, ODU is slated to play at Eastern Michigan on Sept. 5, then host Norfolk State (Sept. 12), North Carolina State (Sept. 19) and Appalachian State (Sept. 26). According to the fbschedules.com Web site, Alabama needs one or two home games in 2015, depending on whether a game with Colorado State pans out. “We’ve already got 12 games,” Selig said. “I’d certainly touch base with (head coach) Bobby Wilder on this, but I don’t think playing a game against Alabama would be an advisable move given the infancy of our program.” ODU has been playing football for five seasons, and plays its first in the Football Bowl Subdivision and Conference USA in 2014. The Monarchs become fully bowl eligible in 2015.
ODU turned down request from ESPN to play Alabama
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