MIAMI, Florida — It sounded a little more serious than it actually was.
Minutes before Alabama’s flight touched down at Miami International Airport, a Bowl Championship Series press official gathered reporters and said he needed to tell us something and that it wasn’t serious.
He said Emergency Medical Service personnel would board the plane before anybody got off, because one of the players was slightly dehydrated. Again, he emphasized it wasn’t serious, although it looked that way when three emergency medical technicians sprinted up the stairs to the plane’s back door.
An Alabama spokesman said the player who received treatment was reserve offensive lineman Arie Kouandjio, older brother of starting left offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio. The spokeman emphasized Kouandjio was fine.
Alabama coach Nick Saban said all the players traveled to Miami today, except one player for “medical reasons.” Saban said the player is backup tight end Harrison Jones, who the coach said should travel down Thursday.