Paul Finebaum Thinks Nick Saban Is Lying About Jalen Hurts

first_imgNick Saban coaching Alabama against Duke.ATLANTA, GEORGIA – AUGUST 31: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide walks the field during pregame warmups prior to facing the Duke Blue Devils at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum doesn’t think Nick Saban is being entirely truthful about Jalen Hurts’ debut at Oklahoma on Sunday night.Saban said he was happy to hear to Hurts played well in his first game with the Sooners, though he claimed that he didn’t watch any of the game.“I didn’t see the game last night, we work on Sunday nights,” Saban told reporters on Monday. “But I hear he played extremely well and did an outstanding job, and that doesn’t surprise me in the least bit.”“We’re really happy for him, not only in the way he handled himself throughout this entire process but now that he’s having success, as well.” Finebaum appeared on SportsCenter on Tuesday morning and outlined why he thinks Saban might be fibbing.“It’s very predictable that Nick Saban never sees anything or hears anything,” Finebaum said, per 247Sports’ Brad Crawford. “It’s funny, a couple years ago, the morning of the election, he didn’t realize today was election day. The whole country (did). I think he probably saw it.“I’ve been to that facility in Tuscaloosa. There are televisions everywhere and something tells me that the only game in the country going on was probably on the television.“I just don’t think he didn’t want to admit the obvious that Jalen Hurts is doing extraordinarily well. Remember the back story that Jalen was a two-year starter at Alabama and took Alabama to the national championship game and then was replaced by Tua (Tagovailoa). Lost his job and came on and saved the day in the SEC title game.Nick Saban is always playing games. That’s why he’s Nick Saban.”That’s not an unbelievable theory.A lot of people were watching Hurts, of course, including several current and former Alabama players.Tua Tagovailoa watches Jalen Hurts' debut.Hurts has vaulted to the top of the Heisman Trophy race with his Week 1 performance. Tua Tagovailoa is right there, too.Perhaps Saban will get a first-hand look at Hurts and Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff.last_img

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