The 1898 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") was to represent the University of Alabama in the 1898 college football season; however, this was the first time Alabama did not field active football team due a university policy since the inaugural 1892 squad. In the spring of 1895, the University Board of Trustees passed a rule that prohibited athletic teams from competing off-campus for athletic events. As such the 1898 season was canceled; however the board subsequently rescinded this rule and the squad returned to the field for the 1899 season. Since beginning play in 1892, this would mark only the first of three separate years Alabama did not field a team (the two other were war years, in 1918 during World War I, and in 1943 during the World War II).
↑ 1.01.1Griffin, John Chandler (2001). "1896: Trustees Thwart Alabama" (in English). Alabama vs. Auburn: Gridiron Grudge Since 1893. Athens, Georgia: Hill Street Press. p. 13. ISBN1-58818-044-1.