Lane Kiffin may not be on the Alabama coaching staff anymore, but he definitely still has connections with the Crimson Tide. After all, he recruited most of the offensive players on the roster.
And on the morning after Alabama won a national title on the back of a second-half comeback that came as the result of a change at quarterback from Jalen Hurts to Tua Tagovailoa, Kiffin dropped a major bomb on Crimson Tide fans: Tagovailoa was going to leave Alabama.
During an interview with Dan Patrick, Kiffin revealed the surprising news about the former 5-star recruit who just finished his freshman season. Patrick asked about the future of Hurts following Tagovailoa’s breakout second half, and Kiffin countered with a revelation that it was Tagovailoa whom Alabama fans should have been worried about prior to the turn of events on Monday night.
“I think that’s a great question,” Kiffin said on the future of Hurts at Alabama. “If this second half doesn’t flip like this, and Alabama is moving the ball and doesn’t change [quarterbacks], people that really know what’s going on would tell you that Tua was leaving. Because Tua thought that he should be the starting quarterback and had outperformed him in practice and Coach [Nick Saban] never gave him an opportunity.
“How this second half played out changes college football, because Tua is going to be one of the best quarterbacks in college football.”
Patrick cut Kiffin off as he started gushing about Tagovailoa with comparisons to Steve Young, making sure to clarify that he meant Tagovailoa would have transferred from Alabama had he not played in the national title game.
You can listen to Kiffin’s full response here: