Nick Saban addresses critical comments he made to ESPN's Maria Taylor: 'I could have handled it in a better way'
Nick Saban is the talk of college football after Week 1.
Saban’s team throttled Louisville 51-14 Saturday night, but it was the interview after the game with ESPN’s Maria Taylor that everyone is talking about.
Taylor asked Saban about the QB battle, and it set him off.
“Well, I still like both guys,” Saban said of Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts. “I think both guys are good players. I think both guys can help our team, alright? So, why do you continually try to get me to say something that doesn’t respect one of them? I’m not going to! So quit asking!”
Saban called Taylor after the game to apologize for his comments, and on Monday, he addressed them publicly for the first time.
“I talked to Maria,” Saban said. “I could have handled it in a better way. I think the statement I made before (during the press conference) about loving our players is true, and if I get asked to vilify a player and make another a crown prince publicly, I need to learn of a better to answer that in the future.”
Saban mentioned earlier during his press conference Monday that he loves his players and will not publicly vilify any of them.
“Just to be clear on something — I love all of our players on our team,” Saban said Monday. “As parents out there you can relate to this: you love all your children and sometimes your children do things a little better than others.”
That’s big of Saban to publicly apologize, and now, we can put this story to rest.