TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Nick Saban is aware of the story about Jalen Hurts potentially transferring if he isn’t named Alabama’s starting quarterback, but the coach doesn’t see it as an issue.
In an interview with Bleacher Report, Hurts’ father, Averion Hurts Sr., said Jalen “f-cked up” by opening the door for a competition with Tua Tagovailoa. Hurts struggled in the championship game, and was replaced by Tagovailoa who went on to lead Alabama to a comeback win over Georgia.
Hurts and Tagovailoa are competing for the starting spot this spring. Saban said he had a “very positive meeting” with Averion Sr. following the Crimson Tide’s scrimmage last Saturday.
“I think we all want the same thing for all players that compete on our team regardless of position,” Saban said. “Even though there’s going to be a significant effort on a lot of folks’ part — none in this room obviously — to make this a public thing, but it’s going to be handled in a very private manner. In our conversation, I was very positive and upbeat. Jalen has done a great job. He’s made a significant amount of improvement. His dad was very positive.
“But I think at the end of the day, everybody has career decisions that they’ll have to make. Nobody knows what the outcome of this situation is going to bring for us. We don’t want any players to not be able to fulfill their goals and aspirations in our program. We don’t want that for any of our players.
“Jalen’s dad has always been very, very positive and supportive in every conversation that I’ve had. I’m not concerned about what somebody else choose to write because I’m always going to use the personal communication that I have with our player, Jalen, and his family when necessary. I have a lot of trust and respect for those folks. I don’t think there’s an issue or problem from my standpoint.”
Saban is known for letting quarterback competitions carry into fall camp, and this one appears to be no different. Alabama is set to have its A-Day spring game on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT inside Bryant-Denny Stadium.