"I still like both guys", Saban responded. I think both guys are good players. "Alright, so why do you continue to try and get me to say something that doesn't respect one of them? I'm not going to, so quit asking", Saban said.
Saban started civilly and then showed his anger.
Taylor had tweeted after the game, in part: "Don't mind me.Just doing my job".
Saban himself apparently realized he crossed a line, because he called Taylor to apologize last night, as reported by James Miller and confirmed later by ESPN. Saban was coy about who would be the starter throughout the offseason, even placing an "or" between Tagovailoa and Hurts' names on his pregame depth chart.
Tagovailoa played in nine games during his freshman season, completing 63.6 percent of his passes for 636 yards and 11 touchdowns with two interceptions. Tagovailoa would return to the game and rush for a 9-yard score later in the quarter.