Nick Saban Apologizes To ESPN Reporter Maria Taylor After Game

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Alabama will take on Louisville tonight in Orlando Fla. Game time is 7:14 p.m. CT on ABC

The main headlines after focused on Alabama coach Nick Saban's answer to a question about his quarterback situation from ESPN reporter Maria Taylor.

However, the biggest question for many was about the Tide's quarterback situation, where Tua Tagovailoa had a huge game and Jalen Hurts was relatively quiet, but steady.

Expect Saban to answer this question, however, soon when he decides Tagovailoa is going to be Alabama's starting quarterback.

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"Well, I still like both guys". I think both guys can help our team.

"I still like both guys".

But moreover, Taylor's question was in no way a "Gotcha!" attempt to get Saban to denigrate one of his two quarterbacks. Tagovailoa was 12-of-16 through the air for 227 yards and a pair of touchdowns before Hurts got some reps. Alright, so why do you continually try to get me to say something that doesn't respect one of them?

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Maria's ESPN colleague Chris Fowler blasted Saban's hostility, speculating that Saban's "unwarranted" response was the result of him misunderstanding a question that seemed created to give him some wiggle room around naming a starter.

Louisville is replacing a Heisman Trophy victor Lamar Jackson, while Alabama has two elite quarterbacks who have been competing for the starting job since Tua Tagovailoa replaced Jalen Hurts in the national championship game against Georgia and led the Tide to a comeback overtime win.

According to ESPN's James Miller, Saban called Taylor later Saturday night and apologized.

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Saban said after Saturday's win he would continue to use both quarterbacks going forward.

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