Brando: 'First time we've seen a Millennial QB take on Saban'

Wendy Adams
August 07, 2018 - 10:50 am

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Fox Sports national commentator Tim Brando joined John and Hugh as the countdown to college football continues, T-minus 18 days until the first kickoff.

Much has been made about the quarterback controversy at Alabama ever since Nick Saban made the decision to pull Jalen Hurts in favor of then freshman Tua Tagovailoa in the National Championship game. It was a change that ultimately worked, with Alabama going on to win 26-23 after trailing 13-0 to Georgia at halftime. Hurts, who hasn't spoken to the media since the title game adjustment, finally vented his frustration after months of speculation on whether he would remain at Alabama.

Brando said this is the first time we're seeing a quarterback of Hurts' generation stand up to a big time head coach.

"What [Hurts> did, and what his family has done, is bring attention to himself, and Saban has always been anti-that. He's just conducting his job as coach the same way he always has. This might be the first time we've seen a millenial quarterback take on Saban. A lot of coaches have had to adjust to the millenial appoach to athletics but I don't think Nick has. This might be that first challenge."

Saban is scheduled to meet with the media tomorrow for the first time since Jalen's comments. Brando said it'll be intestesting to see how he handles it.

"He usually dictates the pace of assembly when he's meeting with the media. I think this time, he'll have to work around it, and even by Saban's standards, 'tap dance' around it. It'll be interesting to see if he's direct or if he does placate a little bit to Jalen because of what the young man has done throughout his career."