Lane Kiffin: Tua Tagovailoa was going to transfer if he didn't play
Lane Kiffin loves the media spotlight, and the FAU coach has found a way to make headlines the day after Alabama won the national championship.
Appearing on “The Dan Patrick Show,” Kiffin dropped a head-turning tidbit about Alabama ‘s quarterback situation and Tua Tagovailoa. When host Dan Patrick asked Kiffin about QB Jalen Hurts’ future, Kiffin revealed that Tagovailoa may have transferred had he not played against Georgia in the College Football Playoff championship game.
“I think that’s a great question,” Kiffin told Patrick. “If this second half doesn’t flip like this, and Alabama is moving the ball and doesn’t change (quarterbacks), people that really know what’s going on would tell you that Tua was leaving. Because Tua thought that he should be the starting quarterback and had outperformed him in practice and coach never gave him an opportunity.”
Tagovailoa, a 5-star recruit in the class of 2017, committed to Alabama on May 2, 2016, when Kiffin was the Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator. Tagovailoa was the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback of the 2017 class, according to 247 Sports Composite.
After Tagovailoa’s three-touchdown performance off the bench, many are wondering if Hurts will transfer.
“Now the story’s gonna flip the other way, and the story is gonna be, is Jalen gonna leave?,” Kiffin said on Patrick’s show. “Jalen is such a great competitor, he may not. But most guys would. … That will be interesting to see.”
Kiffin’s appearance can be seen below.