Does this strike you as just a little… well, distanced?
Saban said the quarterback battle between Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa is — like a lot of positions on the team — “still to be determined.” Complicating matters is the prospect that Hurts might transfer.
“I have no idea,” Saban said of Hurts’ future. “I expect him to be there. I think it’s our job to give both players a very fair opportunity to have a chance to win the team at their position. I think that one of the two guys — obviously, both are capable.”
He added: “We certainly would love for every player on our team to stay at the University of Alabama and graduate. Jalen has a great opportunity to do that in December. So, we are hopeful that he will stay there and be a graduate regardless of what his circumstance is as a player.”
Obviously, you can’t let a transfer threat dictate your decision about whom to start. But it’s kind of a funny take on things when you’re simultaneously crapping on the media for spending as much time as it has on Alabama’s quarterback controversy.