Saban responds to comment suggesting Hurts might transfer

Alabama coach Nick Saban says he had a "very positive meeting" with the father of quarterback Jalen Hurts after a recent scrimmage.

Posted: Apr 19, 2018 7:51 PM
Updated: Apr 20, 2018 9:03 AM

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama coach Nick Saban says he had a "very positive meeting" with the father of quarterback Jalen Hurts after a recent scrimmage.

Saban responded to a Bleacher Report article Thursday where Averion Hurts said if his son didn't win the starting job, "he'll be the biggest free agent in college football history."

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Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa were expected to battle for the starting job this spring. Tagovailoa has been limited by a broken finger in his left, throwing hand.

Hurts has led Alabama to a 26-2 record as the starting quarterback but struggled in the first half of the national championship game. Tagovailoa replaced him and completed a comeback with the winning touchdown pass in overtime against Georgia.

Saban says the situation is "going to be handled in a very private manner."

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