Saban called ESPN's Maria Taylor to apologize after interview

Saban called ESPN's Maria Taylor to apologize after interview

Saban called ESPN's Maria Taylor to apologize after interview

Tagovailoa would return to the game and rush for a 9-yard score later in the quarter.

Taylor didn't appear shaken by Saban's testiness during or after the interview. "I think both guys can help our team, all right?" he said. He then quickly turned up the cranky factor to 11. "Alright, so why do you continually get me to say something that doesn't respect one of them?" "I'm not going to, so quit asking".

Something tells us, however, that isn't the last time Saban will be asked about Alabama's QB situation.

Earlier Saturday, Saban told ESPN that he plans on using both Hurts and Tagovailoa against Louisville.

Maybe Saban gets the privilege of holding both up as "starters" thanks to his status, but he can't pull the wool over the country's eyes when he's clearly giving more run to Tagovailoa.

Saban has been around long enough to know how this works.

But moreover, Taylor's question was in no way a "Gotcha!" attempt to get Saban to denigrate one of his two quarterbacks. Absolutely, but this is just how Saban is. Tagovailoa completed 14 of 24 passes for 166 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown to DeVonta Smith in overtime. Saban said he wouldn't "disrespect" them with an answer.

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