Editorial

Alabama Coach Nate Oats Says He Supports Playing The Conference Tournaments

Jan 5, 2021; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nate Oats during the second half against Florida Gators at Coleman Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters

David Hookstead Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief
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Alabama basketball coach Nate Oats doesn’t want to see conference tournaments canceled during the coronavirus pandemic.

A recent survey done by CBS Sports showed that 27% of D1 coaches think we should cancel the conference tournaments during the pandemic. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

Oats isn’t a fan of the idea, and made that clear during a Thursday interview with Paul Finebaum. Oats correctly pointed out that it’s still a title you can’t rob the players of, and it’s important to keep things as normal as possible.

You can watch his comments below.

The more I hear Nate Oats speak, the more I’m really becoming a huge fan of this guy. In a world where fear porn is running rampant during the pandemic, Oats has been a solid voice of reason.

Let’s not forget, this is the same man who talked about the importance of mental health and how humans aren’t meant to be isolated with no end in sight.

He’s also 100% correct about playing the conference tournaments and preserving a sense of normalcy during the pandemic.

Obviously, we have to be safe and smart, but that doesn’t mean we have to hide in our basements forever. We can have sports and be safe. We’ve seen it done at the pro and college level.

While I’m no fan of the SEC, Nate Oats is really becoming a vocal leader for sanity during the coronavirus pandemic.