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It’s Time for Jalen Hurts to Transfer from Alabama

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If there were ever a moment in time that a line was drawn in the sand for Alabama Crimson Tide coach, Nick Saban, that was done the moment Averion Hurts, father of Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts opened his mouth.

During an exclusive interview with Matt Hayes of Bleacher Report, the elder Hurts appeared to (knowingly or unknowingly) back Saban into a corner with his comments on his son’s future with the Tide.

When given a what-if scenario of Jalen not being named the starter, Averion Hurts had this to say, “Well, he’d be the biggest free agent in college football history.”

He stated this after acknowledging that Saban is in a precarious situation as a coach. He understands — as he too is a very successful high school football coach in Channelview, Texas — that it is Saban’s job to play the best players at each position.

“Coach Saban’s job is to do what’s best for his team. I have no problem with that,” Averion Hurts said. “My job is to do what’s best for Jalen—and make no mistake, Jalen is a quarterback, and he wants to play quarterback. He loves Alabama, loves Coach Saban and everything about that place. But he wants to play, and he will play.”

Much to the chagrin of Jalen’s father, it’s possible he may not get that opportunity. Many Alabama fans’ minds were made up the moment Tua Tagovailoa stepped in the enormous shoes of Jalen on the biggest stage, and delivered Alabama a national championship over the Georgia Bulldogs. Asking Jalen to go through fall camp filled with intense scrutiny and pressure is not fair to him, nor the team.

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His father is aware of Tagovailoa’s ability. He’s also aware that Jalen had an opportunity to silence each and every critic who believed he was incapable of being the Tide’s starting quarterback past the 2017 season.

“I told Jalen, you f–ked up, you opened the door and put yourself in this situation,” Averion Hurts said. “Now it’s up to you to dig yourself out.”

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Whether he gets that opportunity remains to be seen. What appears to be the case though, is that somebody has to go — and Jalen may be that guy for the betterment of the program.

Brandon Williams is the Editor in Chief for Fresh Sports TalkYou can follow him on Twitter @TalkinWithFresh, or “Like” him on Facebook.

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