Saban doesn't care what anyone thinks about whether Hurts or Tagovailoa should be the starting quarterback moving forward into next season.
Up till the time Saban decided that if the team was going to win it would have to be Tagovailoa leading the way, the freshman had completed 35 of 53 passes for 468 yards in mop up duty during the season.
After all, this was the biggest game of the season, and Hurts was the one who led Alabama there for the second year in a row. "No disrespect to Jalen".
Marcus Mariota, coming off the biggest win of his NFL career in the Wild-Card Round of the playoffs, had another reason to be beaming with pride after Monday night's national championship game. The man was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and being probably one of the greatest college football coaches of all time, he had some lee-way in making a decision like that.
The kick would have given Alabama its 17th national championship. Well, he's now tied Bear Bryant. But he's got a dynasty right now and another dynamite recruiting class. Even after an interception in that same quarter, he was there.
Whatever he's thinking, he wasn't tipping his hand after the Crimson Tide beat Georgia in overtime Monday and he was asked to take stock of how much longer he plans to coach.
Andy Pappanastos is off the hook. The ensuing 40-yard attempt sailed wide left, leaving Alabama scoreless.
Time and time again, Fromm found ways to get his team out of trouble. He stepped up when his team needed him - that's what he does.
Hurts called the mood in the locker room at halftime motivated.
For one former SEC coach, the move to Tagovailoa came a bit later than if he were still the coach. In fact, freshmen led the Tide in passing (Tagovailoa), rushing (Najee Harris), and receiving yards (Devonta Smith) with a fourth being 2nd in catches (Henry Ruggs III).
He took a sack for minus-16 yards on Alabama's first play in OT.
The Tide remained determined and steadily began erasing the deficit.
If he were interested, though, it would cost the Giants $26.9 million to buy Saban out of his Alabama contract, according to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY. "He provided them some juice, got them some momentum, got the momentum swung back their way". He wants to go to Alabama too. He drove the Tide into field goal range. Then a field goal, and another.
Tagovailoa took a awful sack on Alabama's first play of overtime, losing 16 yards.
The freshman receiver originally committed to Georgia but de-commited after Mark Richt left the program.
"Because they're the New York Giants". Sure, he didn't - any competitor would not accept that willingly, but as a team player, he was very supportive of Tua in the second half. "We just didn't finish".
"Well, I don't know that you can balance, Saban said".