Clemson gets NCAA waiver to practice same amount as Alabama

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Originally, it seemed that the Alabama Crimson Tide would have an edge in practice time due to an NCAA rule because the university doesn’t start the new semester until Jan. 13. Clemson started school Wednesday and as a result would be limited to 20 hours of team activities per week.

However, Thursday the NCAA issued Clemson a waiver allowing them to surpass the 20 hours limit.

NCAA grants #Clemson countable athletic activity waiver pic.twitter.com/accXhBm9xz

— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) January 7, 2016

Additionally, Clemson players are excused from classes this afternoon.

— Aaron Brenner (@Aaron_Brenner) January 7, 2016

This is probably pretty upsetting to Oregon coach Mark Helfrech, whose Ducks were not granted the same waiver when Ohio State didn’t start classes until after the two teams played in the National Championship game. And of course Ohio State got extra practice time and perhaps as a result, won the game.

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