Alabama football head coach Nick Saban is tired of being asked about his quarterback situation, as Maria Taylor found out tonight…
The hottest topic since the close of last year’s college football season as far as Alabama football is concerned has been who will win the race and be named starting QB for the 2018 version of the Alabama Crimson Tide. This question has been posed ad nauseum by Bama fans and sports media members alike. Tonight, we all got our answer, and Nick Saban was tired of the questions.
Prior to the beginning of the opening game for Alabama this evening, Maria Taylor of ESPN asked Nick Saban who was going to start the game at QB for the Crimson Tide. Coach Saban answered the question by saying something along the lines of we are only 30 seconds away from kickoff, so I think everyone should just wait and see. Taylor laughed it off and agreed with Saban. Moments later, Tua Tagovailoa took the field as QB1 and lit up the stat sheet just the way he’d done every time he has seen the field thus far. Tua’s performance was almost magical. After having the game well in hand, Coach Saban sent in last year’s starter, Jalen Hurts. Hurts struggled to move the ball on two consecutive drives that ended in punts, and never really seemed to be able to progress in his limited opportunities. It was clear for all the world to see who’d won the Alabama football quarterback competition, and why. However, Maria Taylor still wasn’t satisfied.
After the conclusion of the Crimson Tide’s dominating performance, Maria just had to ask Coach Saban another question about the quarterbacks. Saban, having absolutely had it with such inquiries, tore into the ESPN reporter. “So why do you continually try to get me to say something that doesn’t respect one of them? I’m not going to, so quit asking!” Ouch. Maybe now the world can clearly see that coach is done with this topic. As long as the people still want to know, the media will keep asking, and Coach Saban will just keep burning them down.
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