The hero of the national championship game, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, was on the verge of transferring out of the program, according to Lane Kiffin.
Kiffin, who previously served as offensive coordinator at Alabama, recently told Dan Patrick, “The funny thing is, if this second half doesn’t flip like this and Alabama’s (not) moving the ball, it doesn’t change — people that really know what’s going on would tell you that Tua was leaving. Because Tua felt that he should’ve been the starting quarterback and had outperformed (Jalen Hurts) in practice, and coach (Nick Saban) never gave him an opportunity.”
It’s crazy how quickly things can change, and I’m inclined to believe Kiffin here. He’s very much in the know when it comes to Alabama.
Tua wasn’t going to wait forever. He came to Alabama has a super-hyped recruit and absolutely dominated in practices seen by the media. Guys like that don’t sit around on the bench.
The only question that I have is why Saban wasn’t starting this kid all season. I understand the loyalty to Hurts, but Tagovailoa was clearly the better quarterback. Something tells me that it’s now going to be Hurts who is looking to skip town.