Blake Barnett’s tenure as Alabama’s starting quarterback didn’t even last through the first game, as he was yanked and replaced with freshman Jalen Hurts, who hasn’t shown any signs of slowing as of late.
With the writing on the wall that Barnett likely wouldn’t regain the starting gig, reports emerged that the quarterback would transfer from the program. Head coach Nick Saban didn’t like that, saying as much per SEC Country, but never mentioning Barnett by name:
“There’s certain pride that people have in competition. There’s certain things I was taught growing up about not quitting and seeing things through. I think if I had come home and told my dad that I was going to quit the team, I think he would have kicked me out of the house. I don’t think I would have had a place to stay.”
Saban then talked about fear of failing, and how that could affect these student athletes that transfer out of Alabama.
He conveniently left out when he “quit” the NFL, leaving the position as head coach with the Miami Dolphins (where he had three years and $4.5 million remaining on his contract) to fill the opening left by Mike Shula at Alabama.
If that’s not being a hypocrite, we don’t know what is.