Following the Alabama football team’s 51-14 shellacking of Louisville in the season-opener, Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban got fiery in a post-game interview with ESPN’s Maria Taylor. Leading up to the start of the new year for the defending College Football Playoff National Champions, there were questions about which quarterback would start for Saban’s squad and it didn’t take long to learn that sophomore Tua Tagovailoa was the new leader of the Crimson Tide offense.
Tagovailoa threw for 227 yards and two touchdowns, and added a touchdown on the ground, while Hurts threw for just 70 yards and added 9 yards rushing.
That led to Taylor asking Saban a very simple, and justified question.
“Everyone had questions about who was going to start at QB when this game started,” she stated before asking, “what answers did you have about your QBs after watching both of them play tonight?”
Saban did not take kindly to the question and gave a fiery response to the College GameDay correspondent.
“Well, I still like both guys,” Saban told Taylor. “I think both guys are good players. I think both guys can help our team, alright? 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!”
You can watch the exchange below.
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People on social media were upset by Saban’s response, but Taylor handled it with all class and went about her business.
We will have to see how Saban handles the situation with Tagovailoa and Hurts in Week 2, and whether it will squash any future questions about the ongoing quarterback debate in Tuscaloosa.
Next up for the Crimson Tide is their first official home game of the year after opening up the 2018 campaign at a neutral site. Alabama is set to face Arkansas State on Saturday, Sept. 8 at Bryant-Denny Stadium with kickoff set for 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.