Tua Tagovailoa reveals he was 'really close' to transferring from Alabama
Lane Kiffin let the cat out of the bag following the 2018 College Football Playoff final when Alabama beat Georgia 26-23.
Tua Tagovailoa came off the bench in the second half and ultimately delivered an unbelievable 2nd and 26 play to give the Tide the national title. The very next day, Lane Kiffin went on The Dan Patrick Show and told the radio host that Tagovailoa was going to transfer had he not played.
“I think that’s a great question,” Kiffin told Patrick at that time. “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.”
Later in May of 2018, Tagovailoa confirmed via Hawaii News Now that he was going to transfer.
“I called my dad and asked him if my offer to the University of Southern California was still available,” Tagovailoa told a group of students. “I wanted to leave. I told my dad I wanted to go to a school where I thought it’d be easier for me and wouldn’t challenge me so much.”
The Dan Patrick Show had Tagovailoa on Wednesday, and the Alabama quarterback said he almost transferred to USC.
“Well, it was really lose,” Tagovailoa said about his thoughts of transferring from Alabama. “I wanted my parents to see me play. My parents wanted to see me play and just doing things for my parents. Making my parents happy and proud. That was probably the biggest thing I wanted to do and I couldn’t do it on the sideline.”
With Jalen Hurts putting up incredible numbers at Oklahoma and Tagovailoa leading Alabama’s offense, this thing couldn’t have worked out any better for either player.
You can listen to the whole segment below, courtesy of AT&T AUDIENCE Network. The Dan Patrick Show airs daily at 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CT on AT&T AUDIENCE Network which can be found on DIRECTV Ch. 239.