Paul Finebaum comments on Taulia Tagovailoa's decision to enter transfer portal: 'He should have never gone to Alabama'
The move many Alabama fans had been expecting this offseason finally happened as sophomore quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal late last week.
The quarterback’s decision came after missing out on spring football in Tuscaloosa, where he would have presumably been able to judge how he stacked up against the likes of Mac Jones and Bryce Young on Alabama’s depth chart following his brother’s departure to the NFL.
During his most recent appearance on Birmingham-based WJOX 94.5 FM radio show “The Roundtable,” Paul Finebaum was asked to share his thoughts on Taulia’s decision to transfer from Alabama’s football program and where the sophomore signal-caller might end up next season.
“Well, there’s an old line in journalism that’s called follow the money, in this case, it’s follow the family,” Finebaum said. “I don’t think it’s hard to figure out. I think it was doomed from the beginning. He should have never gone to Alabama, he did for reasons which I’ll let his parents explain – and it didn’t work out, and good for him. He’ll probably go to South Florida or somewhere down there and play football and I hope he does better than he did at Alabama.”
Taulia saw the field five times during his freshman season at Alabama, completing nine of 12 attempts for 100 yards. His appearances came against Duke, Southern Miss, Arkansas, Mississippi State and Western Carolina.
With both Tagovailoa brothers gone from Alabama’s roster this offseason, the Crimson Tide are poised to head into the season with only three scholarship quarterbacks on the roster.
As for where Taulia winds up next, the SEC Network host hopes the quarterback is put into a more ideal situation at his next stop.
“I don’t understand all the inner workings of that family,” Finebaum added. “I’ve read enough articles, as you guys have, and I don’t know them, I know Tua. I don’t know Taulia, I hope he goes wherever he wants. I mean, I think he had to have learned that following the family didn’t work at Alabama.
“I think he’ll probably end up doing that [again] but I really hope he just finds someplace he really wants to go and he’ll go there. I just think you gotta learn from the mistakes of the past.”
Based on where Taulia ends up next, we’ll see if the Tagovailoa family has learned that lesson or not in the weeks to come.