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Mark Stoops can relate to what Nick Saban was saying about quarterbacks

The sports media controversy over the weekend involved what Alabama head football coach Nick Saban said to ESPN’s Maria Taylor after the top-ranked Crimson Tide spanked Louisville 51-14 in Orlando on Saturday night.

The storyline all through Alabama’s camp had involved the quarterback battle between Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts. Tagovailoa started Saturday, but Hurts played as well. So in the on-the-field interview after the game, Taylor naturally asked Saban if he had found any answers to his quarterback situation in Saturday’s play.

“I still like both guys,” he told Taylor tersely on the ABC broadcast. “I think both guys are good players. I think both guys can help our team. So why do you continually try to get me to say something that doesn’t respect one of them. I’m not going to. So quit asking.”

Saban reportedly called Taylor on Sunday to apologize for his answer.

At his weekly media press conference on Monday, Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops was asked how he has managed to stay calm when he has been asked on numerous occasions about UK’s quarterback battle between Terry Wilson and Gunnar Hoak? Stoops laughed and said he didn’t think he could get away with how Saban reacted.

But the Kentucky coach said he could relate to what Saban was saying, especially about how praising one player is seen as a knock on the other. See the video above.

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