Nick Saban Addresses Alabama Quarterback Battle

first_imgA closeup of Nick Saban during a press conference.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks during a press conference after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)Nick Saban took the podium at SEC media days today. Naturally, the Alabama quarterback battle was a big topic, to the legendary coach’s chagrin.Alabama is in the advantageous, yet touchy, place of having two quarterbacks that are probably good enough to win a national title. With that being the case, both of those guys are going to want to be in situations where they can play.Jalen Hurts led the team to the title game last year, losing to Deshaun Watson’s Clemson Tigers. This year, he brought Alabama back, but struggled in the first half vs. Georgia and was replaced by Tua Tagovailoa, who led the Crimson Tide to the win.Tagovailoa admitted that he had some transfer thoughts during the season. Now, Hurts is a serious transfer risk for Alabama.Nick Saban insists that no choice has been made between Hurts and Tagovailoa in the Alabama quarterback battle.He got pretty snippy with reporters when asked about it during his press conference this afternoon.Saban: “It’s still to be determined who will play quarterback for Alabama. You can ask all the questions you want, but it’s still to be determined.”— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) July 18, 2018Nick Saban at #SECMD18: On the “quarterback controversy that you love to create and have already created … is still to be determined.”— Gene Sapakoff (@Sapakoff) July 18, 2018That’s no surprise. You got annoyed Saban during these things more often than not.Still, it is a very valid question. Two of the best quarterbacks in the country are on the same roster, and there’s a very good chance that one is on his way out when a decision is made.Saban’s timeline was actually aided by a spring injury to Tagovailoa. He is the expected winner of the quarterback battle, even if it lasts into the season. However, he was very limited due to a hand injury in the spring, making it impossible to really make a determination during the spring.In all likelihood, we’ll see both guys get time for at least a few weeks to start the year. Alabama opens with a game against Louisville in Orlando on September 1.last_img read more

Colonel accused of groping womans breasts at regimental dinner suspended by the

A highly-decorated colonel accused of groping a woman’s breasts at a regimental dinner has been suspended by the Army.Colonel John Musgrave, 53, has been removed from his post as head of the School of Artillery pending an investigation, after an accusation involving the 24-year-old civilian girlfriend of one of his junior officers.The alleged incident took place on October 20 after a dinner attended by wives and girlfriends at Larkhill Barracks, Wiltshire.A source from the dinner, which was attended by Col. Musgrave’s wife, told MailOnline: “The meal was over and, as is usual on these occasions, a lot of drink had been taken.“Col. Musgrave had been drinking and was heard making sexually inappropriate comments to a female visitor about her breasts.“He was then seen pulling the woman out of the room and into a corridor.“That is when another senior officer stepped in. He wasn’t intimidated by the rank and decided to do something and told the Colonel to leave.”The woman’s boyfriend is a lower-ranking officer, a 2nd Lieutenant, who was said to be angry over the incident, but had not confronted his superior officer.An Army spokesman said: “We can confirm that a member of staff from The Royal School of Artillery has been suspended pending an investigation. Anybody who falls short of the Army’s high standards will be dealt with and may face sanctions including dismissal. “Any inappropriate conduct by Army personnel is not tolerated and we encourage anyone who may have been affected by such behaviour to report it to the appropriate authorities.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more