Nick Saban is not the Wizard of Oz. He informed the public of this on Saturday.
This should come as no surprise. Still, some people among Alabama’s large and diverse fan base still seem to expect that the head coach is going to appear as a giant green head, flanked by flashing lights and thunderous sound effects and make booming proclamations.
This is not the Emerald City. Saban has never worked that way at Alabama and was not going to start on Saturday with a statement about the starting quarterback, the topic that has raged since January. The head coach will bide his time, no matter what happened at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
That statement covers no new ground. Game-day decisions, even competition that carries over into the first few games of the season, has been the Saban approach since he arrived in Tuscaloosa. That’s the way Jalen Hurts won the job to begin with, at the start of 2016. The approach has netted five college football championships and come close to four more. What’s more, none of the close calls had anything to do with how the starting quarterback position was handled in August.
To be clear, Saban’s “Wizard of Oz” statement had nothing to do with Hurts or Tua Tagovailoa. He was instead commenting, light-heartedly, on how he is subject to the laws and rules of the NCAA when it comes to eligibility and transfers. The magic wand he chose...Click here for the rest of the story on Tidesports.